Sometimes, things don’t sink in until your eyes digest what you’re seeing. We knew Dick Vermeil, perhaps the most beloved Philadelphia Eagles head coach of all time, was a member of the 2022 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. Seeing and hearing his induction speech was a moment we’ll never forget.
Seeing him in the gold jacket and staring at his Hall-of-Fame bust was one thing. Getting a glimpse of the ring is something else entirely.
As the old saying goes, things just got real. Check out this fine piece of hardware.
Here’s some more information on Coach’s Ring of Excellence, one crafted by Kay Jewelers.
"At September 19th’s Ceremony, Hall of Fame President Jim Porter will present Dick Vermeil his Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence from KAY Jewelers. The ring is radiant with diamonds totaling one and three-quarters carat weight. The outer diamonds of the ring create a stadium effect to represent the fans who pack the stadiums, which surround the football-shaped diamond center. The vibrant and captivating blue gemstone was selected for both its allure and symbolic meaning of confidence, power, and integrity that inspire athletes. On each side of the ring is a customized ode to the enshrined, reflecting the extraordinary career that helped define him."
Please click here for more information on the KAY Ring of Excellence. Birds Twitter also showed him some love with the following mention.
An Eagles legend, Dick Vermeil will receive his Pro Football Hall of Fame at Lincoln Financial Field in the 2022 home opener.
We often bring up Vermeil’s NFC Championship Game win over the Dallas Cowboys. That one catapulted Philadelphia into Super Bowl XV. We don’t normally bring up the game that came a week earlier and landed the Eagles in the title game that season, a 31-16 triumph over the Minnesota Vikings.
How ironic is it that, as stated above, Coach will receive his ring at halftime of Philadelphia’s home opener? Week 2’s clash with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football just got even more interesting.
You’ve seen, heard, and read the resume too many times to count. Let’s run through some of it one more time (it’s too lengthy to recite all of his achievements):
- The Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year (1999)
- A two-time Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year (1979, 1999)
- A two-time Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year (1979, 1999)
- A two-time Maxwell Club NFL Coach of the Year (1999, 2003)
- 54 wins in 101 regular-season games as Eagles head coach
- Three postseason wins in Philly
- Super Bowl champion as head coach of the Saint Louis Rams (XXXIV)
- Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame
- Pro Football Hall of Fame
- Thousands of lives that have been touched
Many of us have been fortunate enough to watch or hear about most of the journey. Well done coach! Gold looks good on you! There will never be another Dick Vermeil.