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Vermeil Named Finalist for Pro FB Hall of Fame

Dec 30, 2021
Coach Dick Vermeil

The Pro Football Hall of Fame revealed on Thursday its coach finalist for the Class of 2022 is former UCLA head football coach Dick Vermeil.

Vermeil, who served as a head coach in the NFL for 15 seasons, was UCLA's head football coach for the 1974 and 1975 seasons. He compiled a record of 15-5-3 while in charge of the Bruin program, including a victory in the 1976 Rose Bowl Game over top-ranked and unbeaten Ohio State. Vermeil was named the 1975 Pac-8 Coach of the Year.

Vermeil worked as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles (1976-82), St. Louis Rams (1997-99) and Kansas City Chiefs (2001-08). While with the Eagles, he guided Philadelphia to four playoff appearances, highlighted by an NFC Championship win and an appearance in Super Bowl XV against the then-Oakland Raiders in 1980.

Vermeil left coaching in 1982 to pursue a broadcasting career as an NFL and college football analyst. He returned to the field to direct the Rams to a win in Super Bowl XXXIV over the Tennessee Titans. Vermeil coached the Chiefs from 2001-08, posting an 80-44 record during that span. In 15 years as an NFL head coach, he produced a 126-114 record, including the playoffs.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022 will be inducted during NFL Honors, which will be televised on February 10 at 6 p.m. PT on ABC.