SJSU legend Dick Vermeil inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame


CANTON, Ohio –San Jose State legend Dick Vermeil was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Vermeil is the 28th head coach to be inducted and joins fellow SJSU alumnus Bill Walsh (1931-2007), inducted in 1993. Bryant Young, who coached the SJSU defensive line in 2010, was also inducted .

“We are thrilled and proud that the Hall of Fame has selected legendary Spartan, Dick Vermeil, to be recognized for his career,” the San Jose State head football coach said. Brent Brenan said. “Coach Vermeil’s rich career is matched only by the quality of the man he is and the number of lives he has touched. All Spartans are proud today!”

Vermeil joined the San Jose State football team in 1956 as one of four Spartan quarterbacks and started the 1957 season throwing for 580 yards and a touchdown. He would finish his time at SJSU with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in physical education before embarking on coaching.

Fire, passion, leadership and the will to win would then draw Los Angeles Rams head coach George Allen, the architect of the Rams’ “Over the Hill Gang” more than 50 years ago to name Vermeil , younger than some of the grizzled guys on the team. veterans, as one of the first special teams coaches in the National Football League (NFL) in 1969 after working his way up the coaching ranks from high school to junior college to college.

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Before becoming NFL head coach in 1976 with the Philadelphia Eagles, there were three seasons at UCLA, 1970 as offensive coordinator and the 1974 and 1975 seasons as head coach crowned by leading the Bruins to a 1976 Rose Bowl victory over Ohio State and three more seasons as Rams assistant coach (1971-73).

During a professional football head coaching career spanning 15 seasons over four decades, Vermeil was a turnaround specialist. Three times he has taken over franchises either in disarray, disillusioned, dysfunctional or stunned by years of defeat. Time after time, through the Vermeil definition of hard work, developing and acquiring talented players, and family values, the Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, and Kansas Chiefs have taken years of defeat. in the rearview mirror and marveled at the praise of victory. Soccer. Vermeil coached in two Super Bowls and won Super Bowl XXXIV with the Rams.

Combining the Rams’ victory in Super Bowl XXXIV on January 30, 2000, Vermeil became the first head coach to coach teams to a Rose Bowl and Super Bowl victory. Pete Carroll would accomplish the same feat in 2013 when Seattle won Super Bowl XLVIII.


San Jose State University Sports Hall of Fame
San Jose State University Sports Hall of Fame legend
San Jose State University CEFCU Stadium Ring of Honor

NFL Associated Press Coach of the Year – 1999
Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year – 1979, 1999
Sports Coach of the Year – 1979, 1999
Philadelphia Maxwell Club Coach of the Year – 1999, 2003

California Sports Hall of Fame – 2011
Missouri Sports Hall of Fame – 2001

Pacific 8 Conference Coach of the Year – 1975
Rose Bowl Hall of Fame – 2014

Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame – 1994
St. Louis Football Ring of Honor – 2008


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