Dick Vermeil Super Bowl-Winning NFL Coach Unquestionably one of the finest innovators and motivators the game has ever known, Dick Vermeil's style has truly stood the test of time. Whether it was coaching championship football and swimming teams as a high school coach, re-establishing UCLA as a national collegiate powerhouse, or reaching the highest echelon of his profession by coaching a team to a Super Bowl championship, there's been virtually no challenge Vermeil hasn't stepped up to during his illustrious career. This highly-respected coach returned to the NFL ranks in Kansas City after taking a one-year football hiatus following his victory in Super Bowl XXXIV with the St. Louis Rams. After five seasons with the Chiefs however, Vermeil retired permanently from NFL coaching. In 1976, Vermeil inherited a Philadelphia squad who hadn't enjoyed a winning season since 1966. In season number three with the Eagles, he had the team in the playoffs, earning NFC Coach of the Year honors for his efforts. After leading Philadelphia to a franchise-best 12-4 record in 19'80 and taking the team on a trip to Super Bowl XV, he was named NFL Coach of the Year for the first time, a feat he later repeated with the Rams in 1999. After taking a 14-year sabbatical from the coaching profession from 1983-96, Vermeil returned to the league as President of Football Operations and head coach of the St. Louis Rams in January 1997. Vermeil took over a St. Louis team who had suffered seven consecutive losing seasons and hadn't been to the postseason since 1988. In just his third season as head coach, he guided the Rams to a 13-3 regular season record and a thrilling 23-16 victory vs. Tennessee in Super Bowl XXXIV. Nineteen years after winning the NFL Coach of the Year honor for the initial time with the 1980 Philadelphia Eagles, Vermeil was once again honored as the NFL's Coach of the Year following the 1999 season with St. Louis and was a consensus "Coach of the Year" selection among pro football publication and virtually every major event in the country. Vermeil etched his name amongst some of the NFL's coaching elite in 2003, becoming just the fourth head coach in league history to take three different teams to the playoffs. The national respect for Vermeil truly transcends football. In fact, it eclipses the sports world entirely. In addition to his impressive litany of accomplishments as a coach, he has served as a widely-acclaimed broadcaster and has long been a highly-coveted motivational speaker. Yet even though he is just one of 21 NFL head coaches ever to claim a Super Bowl ring, Vermeil approaches life with little bravado and much humility. During his many years in the Philadelphia area - where his family still maintains a residence - Vermeil has found the time to help many worthy causes. Numerous Philadelphia-area organizations have benefited from his involvement including: The Mary Campbell Center, The Second Mile Center and The Boy Scouts of Chester County whose golf tournament bears Vermeil's name and annually earns $100,000 for the organization. Vermeil also owns the rare distinction of being named "Coach of the Year" on four levels: high school, junior college, NCAA Division I and the NFL. Born in Calistoga, California at the northern end of the world-renowned Napa Valley in the heart of wine country, Vermeil was a four-sport star at Calistoga High School and was also employed in the auto repair garage of his father, Louis Vermeil. True to his Napa Valley roots, Vermeil partners with OnTheEdge Winery to produce his own self-proclaimed "Garage Cabernet" named in honor of his grandfather, Jean Louis Vermeil. Vermeil's great-grandfather - also named Jean Louis Vermeil - once owned the land where the fruit utilized for this Cabernet Sauvignon vintage is grown. Vermeil and his wife, Carol have three children and 11 grandchildren. They make their home in the historic Country Club Plaza district of Kansas City, Missouri. When not in Kansas City, the entire Vermeil family enjoys spending time and working on "The Ranch," a 114-acre homestead located outside Philadelphia in rural Chester County, Pennsylvania.
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