'Dick Vermeil: A Football Life' Premieres Friday, October 30 at 9:00 PM ET
"The harder you work, the better you get." – Dick Vermeil
October 28, 2015: Dick Vermeil: A Football Life premieres Friday, October 30 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network with a look at Dick Vermeil's coaching legacy. The one-hour documentary produced by NFL Films features interviews with Vermeil, his wife, former players, assistant coaches and more.
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Not many football coaches can say they have coached successfully at every level. But Dick Vermeil can. From high school, to junior college, to a NCAA Division 1 school, and to the National Football League, one thing that set Vermeil apart from other coaches was his success rate based on the principles of hard work and emotion.
Among the topics discussed in Dick Vermeil: A Football Life are:
- Leading the UCLA Bruins to the 1975 Rose Bowl
- Leaving UCLA to coach the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL
- His emotional breakdown in Philadelphia that caused him to leave coaching for 14 years
- Winning Super Bowl XXXIV
- Using the model of hard work and emotion with every team he coached
- His maturation as a head coach through valuable learning experiences
Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.
Dick Vermeil: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:
Carol Vermeil – Wife
Jim Mora – Former NFL head coach
Herm Edwards – Former Eagles cornerback
John Sciarra – Former UCLA quarterback/Eagles safety
Vince Papale – Former Eagles wide receiver
Ron Jaworski – Former Eagles quarterback
Harold Carmichael – Former Eagles wide receiver
Marshall Faulk – Former Rams running back
Kurt Warner – Former Rams quarterback
Dante Hall – Former Chiefs wide receiver
Jim Murray – Former Eagles General Manager
Ed Rendell – Former Philadelphia Mayor
Trent Green – Former Chiefs quarterback
Wilbert Montgomery – Former Eagles running back and Rams Assistant
Mike Martz – Former Rams assistant coach
Provided below are some select quotes from Dick Vermeil: A Football Life:
- "Nobody was going to outwork him. It's just we're going to outwork everybody on the field. As coaches, that's what he develops, that's what he believes in." – Jim Mora
- "As hard as we worked, he worked twice as hard. It wasn't like we're working hard and he's on a golf cart. He's working twice as hard." – John Sciarra
- "The harder you work, the better you get." – Dick Vermeil
- "He works you to the point that you have to make a decision. You either are going to fold or you're going to buy in and get stronger." – Dante Hall
- "There were a number of guys who were playing for a paycheck. But when Dick Vermeil came in, we were playing for a championship." – Ron Jaworski
- "A lot of the players from the '80 team lived vicariously through Dick Vermeil and when he had won that Super Bowl, we felt like we won the Super Bowl. We were that proud of him." – Ron Jaworski
- "For him it was always about the passion that he had for the game, the passion he has for people and the relationships he builds. He helped the organization from top to bottom understand that." – Trent Green
- "He would've been a great elected official, he would've been a great CEO. He's just a born leader. He believes first and then he makes you believe." – Ed Rendell
- "Regardless of what he's doing, he's coaching people. That's what he does and that's who he is. He never stops working." – Kurt Warner
This season, A Football Life airs Friday at 9:00 PM ET. Below is the broadcast schedule for the November episodes:
- November 6 – Paul Brown
- November 13 – Mike Singletary
- November 20 – Charley Haley
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