Eagles legends: Highlights from Dick Vermeil’s Hall of Fame enshrinement

Dick Vermeil, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Dick Vermeil, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) /

For Dick Vermeil, coaching began in 1959 at Del Mar High School. He’d go on to continue leading young men at the collegiate level (Stanford and UCLA) and make several stops on a 15-season, three-city professional tour before eventually riding off into the sunset, so when it was announced that each member of the 2022 Pro Football Hall of Fame class had been allowed eight minutes to deliver their speeches, the first questions on all of our minds was this.

How is that enough time for someone who’s given the game so much to properly encapsulate what’s been a spectacular contribution to our great county’s best game? How does one pay homage to all the people he’s touched and the men and women who have touched him over the years?

We never should have doubted. As he’s always done, Coach nailed it! We also have to thank the Hall for allowing him to go well over his allotted time.

He’s coached three different NFL franchises, the Philadelphia Eagles, what was then the Saint Louis Rams, and the Kansas City Chiefs, but make no mistake about it. Dick Vermeil is an Eagle, and on August 6th of 2022, he entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame as an Eagle. Take a look!

Let’s take another look at Dick Vermeil’s weekend!

From the moment he threw on the gold jacket for the first time to the wrapping of his enshrinement speech, Coach Vermeil gave us all reason to smile and celebrate with him, even if we were celebrating from a distance. Take a look at some of the highlights:

Yep! You nailed it coach!

He’s been immortalized in two great films, 2006’s Invincible where he was portrayed by Greg Kinnear, and 2021’s American Underdog, where Dennis Quaid tackled the challenge of playing the legend. Coach’s story was far from fiction though. It was real.

There will never be another, even if we wish we could clone him and make three more. Throw his name on a list that includes the most beloved Eagles in history, along with Brian Dawkins and Jason Kelce. Dick Vermeil lives forever in the heart of all Eagles fans, and now, he’s among the immortals that live in Canton, Ohio at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Congrats Coach! This honor was long overdue! Access his entire induction speech by clicking here, and again, we thank everyone involved for allowing him to exceed the allotted time given to enshrinees.


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