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File #: 220172    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 2/24/2022 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 3/3/2022
Title: Recognizing and honoring former Philadelphia Eagles coach Richard Albert "Dick" Vermeil for his distinguished 15-year NFL coaching career and congratulating him on being inducted into the National Football Hall of Fame in 2022.
Sponsors: Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Thomas, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Brooks
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 22017200, 2. Signature22017200
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Recognizing and honoring former Philadelphia Eagles coach Richard Albert "Dick" Vermeil for his distinguished 15-year NFL coaching career and congratulating him on being inducted into the National Football Hall of Fame in 2022.

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WHEREAS, Richard "Dick" Vermeil grew up in Calistoga, California and graduated from San Jose State University. Following his graduation from college, he coached high school and collegiate football. As Head Coach of the University of California, Los Angeles, he led the team to a victory in the Rose Bowl in 1976; and

WHEREAS, Vermeil became the Head Coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1976, taking the helm of a team that had not qualified for the postseason in sixteen years; and

WHEREAS, In 1978 Vermeil coached what is to be considered one of the greatest games in the history of the Philadelphia Eagles history - "Miracle at the Meadowlands." The Miracle at the Meadowlands is not only considered a significant part of the Philadelphia Eagles franchise, but the history of the NFL and the subsequent impact it had on the sport; and

WHEREAS, In the 1979 season, the Philadelphia Eagles led by Vermeil finished with a 11-5 record and won their first playoff game since 1960, ending a 20-year playoff drought; and

WHEREAS, Vermeil was instrumental in leading the Philadelphia Eagles defeat of the Dallas Cowboys in the 1980 NFC Championship game, propelling them to their first Super Bowl in franchise history; and

WHEREAS, Vermeil's tenure with the Eagles is documented in the 2006 movie "Invincible." The movie depicts the open tryouts that occurred that year, the story of little-known wide receiver and Philadelphia native Vince Papale, and the subsequent run to the Super Bowl in 1980; and

WHEREAS, Following his departure from the Eagles in 1982, Vermeil became the head coach of the then St. Louis Rams from 1997-2000 where he led the team to a Superbowl Victory in 2000. He also served as the Head Coach of the Kansas City Chiefs from...

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