Dick Vermeil

Richard Albert Vermeil (/vərˈmiːl/; born October 30, 1936) is a former American head coach for the National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles (1976–1982), St. Louis Rams (1997–1999) and Kansas City Chiefs (2001–2005). He coached the Rams to their only NFL title in St. Louis over the Tennessee Titans. He is in the Sid Gillman coaching tree and has coached at every level; Vermeil owns the distinction of being named "Coach of the Year" on four levels: high school, junior college, NCAA Division I, and professional football.

In all three of his stints as an NFL head coach, Vermeil took every team—Philadelphia, St. Louis and Kansas City, each of which had a losing record before he arrived—and brought them to the playoffs by his third season at the helm.

Dick Vermeil
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Vermeil in 2010
Personal information
Born:October 30, 1936 (age 82)
Calistoga, California
Career information
High school:Calistoga High School
College:San Jose State
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Head coaching record
Regular season:120–109 (.524)
Postseason:6–5 (.545)
Career:126–114 (.525)
Coaching stats at PFR

Early coaching years

Vermeil graduated in 1959 with an M.A. from San Jose State University, where he was the backup quarterback. After serving as assistant coach for San Jose's Del Mar High School football team for one season, he served for three seasons as head coach at Hillsdale High School in San Mateo, California He then became an assistant coach at College of San Mateo, a community college, under head coach Cliff Griffon.

The following year, he was at Napa Junior College as the head football coach, leading the Chiefs to a 7–2 record, best in the school history. While at Napa JC his younger brother Al played for him and, in the 1965 season, he coached Stanford University's freshman football team.

Vermeil shares the distinction of being hired as one of the NFL's first special teams coaches with Hall of Fame Coach Marv Levy. Vermeil was hired by George Allen's Los Angeles Rams in 1969 the same year Levy was hired by Jerry Williams, then Head Coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Except for 1970, when Vermeil was an assistant coach with UCLA, he would remain with the Rams until 1974 when he was named as head coach by UCLA.

Professional career

UCLA

As the head coach for the UCLA Bruins, Vermeil compiled a 15–5–3 record in two seasons (1974–75), including a 9–2–1 record in 1975 when he led the Bruins to their first conference championship in 10 years, and a win in the Rose Bowl over an undefeated and number 1 ranked Ohio State team. He was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2014.[1]

Philadelphia Eagles

Vermeil began his NFL head coaching career in 1976 with the Philadelphia Eagles.[2] Due to past trades by the Eagles, Vermeil's teams did not have a 1st round draft pick until 1979.

By 1978, the Eagles made the playoffs for the first time in 18 seasons. That 1978 season featured breakthrough years by NFL stars Ron Jaworski, Wilbert Montgomery, and one of the greatest games in Eagles history—the seminal Miracle at the Meadowlands. The Eagles were losing to the New York Giants with seconds to play but when the Giants fumbled the ball, Herman Edwards recovered the ball and ran it back for a touchdown for a miraculous 19–17 victory.

Vermeil led the Eagles into Super Bowl XV after defeating the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC championship. The Eagles lost the Super Bowl to Oakland, 27–10. He retired for the first time after the 1982 season citing burnout.

Vermeil's time with the Eagles is featured in the 2006 movie Invincible in which the movie depicts open-tryouts and how 30-year Philadelphia native Vince Papale made the team. In actuality, Vermeil had seen tape of Papale playing semi-pro ball in Philadelphia and invited him to a workout and a subsequent tryout.

Hiatus

For the next 15 years, Vermeil spent time working as a sports announcer for CBS and ABC. Following the 1994 season, the Eagles fired Rich Kotite and owner Jeffrey Lurie inquired about bringing back Vermeil as coach. However, the Eagles and Vermeil could not come to a contractual agreement. The Eagles would eventually hire Ray Rhodes to be their head coach. Vermeil issued a statement saying, "I'm not going to beg Jeffrey Lurie to coach this football team."

St. Louis Rams

Vermeil returned to coaching with the St. Louis Rams in 1997.[3] His first two years with the Rams were abysmal: the Rams won 5 and lost 11 games in 1997, and the following season they went 4–12. The 1999 season looked to start just as badly, when new starting quarterback Trent Green was injured in the pre-season. However, Green's injury allowed then-unknown Kurt Warner to start. Under Warner, the Rams offense exploded, and they finished the 1999 season with a record of 13–3 in one of the biggest single-year turnarounds in NFL history. Vermeil led the Rams to their first Super Bowl victory in Super Bowl XXXIV with a 23–16 win over the Tennessee Titans. He was also named NFL Coach of the Year for the second time for the 1999 season. He walked away from coaching again after the Rams' Super Bowl victory, which would be his only championship.

Kansas City Chiefs

Vermeil signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on January 12, 2001 despite his retirement following the Super Bowl win with the Rams. His first season with the Chiefs was substandard, finishing with a 6–10 record, their worst record since 1988. Vermeil and the Chiefs made some major changes for the 2002 season, where the Chiefs would improve to 8–8. The Chiefs had the NFL's best offense in 2002, led by Priest Holmes, Trent Green, Tony Gonzalez, Dante Hall, and offensive linemen Willie Roaf and Will Shields. In 2003 the Chiefs started the season 9–0 and finished with a 13–3 record, making the playoffs and winning the AFC West. They also had the NFL's top ranked offense for the second straight year. The Chiefs went 7–9 in 2004, even though they had the NFL's top ranked offense for the third consecutive year under Offensive Coordinator Al Saunders. The Chiefs performed poorly due to their soft defense, which was ranked 31st out of 32 teams in the league.

Vermeil returned with the Chiefs for the 2005 season with one of the NFL's best offenses, and an improved defense. In 2005 Vermeil and Saunders uncharacteristically included more high risk calls. Pro Bowl running back and team leader Priest Holmes suffered a season-ending injury against the San Diego Chargers in the eighth week of the season. However, his injury allowed the emerging Larry Johnson to start in his place. Under Johnson, the Chiefs' offense continued at its usual explosive pace. On December 31, Vermeil announced that he would retire at the conclusion of the 2005 season, and the next day he led the Chiefs to a 37–3 rout over the Cincinnati Bengals. However, the Chiefs failed to make the playoffs, despite their 10–6 record.

Post-coaching career and legacy

Vermeil is remembered for his frequent emotional breakdowns during press conferences, including crying when getting emotional. This display of emotion has helped make him a popular coach among fans. Vermeil lives in the historic Country Club Plaza district of Kansas City. When not in Kansas City, the entire Vermeil family enjoys spending time and working on "The Ranch", a 114-acre (0.46 km2) homestead located outside Philadelphia in rural Chester County, Pennsylvania. He is also a huge supporter of the Chester County Council Boy Scouts of America and is a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, which was coincidentally awarded at the same time he was named head coach of the Chiefs in 2001. His annual golf invitational has brought in over US$1 million to the Council's operational fund.

Vermeil Wines in Calistoga
Vermeil Wines/On The Edge Winery in Calistoga, California

Vermeil partnered with OnTheEdge Winery and produced his own self-proclaimed "Garage Cabernet" wine, named in honor of his father, Jean Louis Vermeil. Vermeil was actually once reprimanded by the NFL when during a game he promised kicker Morten Andersen a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon if he could kick the game-winning field goal versus Oakland. Andersen made the kick, but upon hearing about the offer, the NFL reminded Vermeil and the Chiefs that the $500 bottle of wine was considered a performance-based incentive bonus not written into Andersen's contract, and the gift was disallowed.

Vermeil and former Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs are close friends. It was under his recommendation that Gibbs hired his former offensive coordinator and 2005 USA Today's Offensive Coach of the Year Al Saunders as a top assistant coach.

Vermeil was portrayed in the 2006 film Invincible by Greg Kinnear. The film showed Vermeil when he was head coach of Philadelphia and gave Vince Papale an opportunity to play for the Eagles.

During his first retirement, Vermeil worked as a game analyst for both CBS (1983–87) and ABC Sports (1988–96), most of the time paired with Brent Musburger. Currently, Vermeil works as a game analyst on broadcasts of college football and NFL games on NFL Network, with recent work during the 2006 Insight Bowl. Vermeil also served as head coach in the 2012 and 2013 editions of the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.[4][5]

A Coors Light commercial featuring manipulated archival footage of Vermeil at a press conference debuted in 2006.

On November 2, 2008, Vermeil was honored by the St. Louis Rams organization with the placing of his name on the "Ring of Honor" around the inside of the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

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Vermeil (Right) along with Kurt Warner, 2014.

Vermeil had a short cameo in the 2011 film The Greening of Whitney Brown, set in Chester County, in which he plays a football coach for the local middle school.

The 2001 book autobiography Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story (ISBN 9781582612706) includes a quote in a forward[6] from Vermeil: "He could very well be the Will Rogers of the coaching profession."[7] In 2011 former Penn State defensive coach Sandusky was arrested on 40 counts of child sexual abuse. A 2011 account about the book said "Sandusky paints a picture of himself as someone who would consistently take risks in pursuit of what he often refers to as 'mischief'" and there are many other citations and quotes which look "different in light of the horrendous allegations".[8] After the firing of Joe Paterno (Sandusky's long-time immediate boss) and PSU president Graham B. Spanier, it was reported that Vermeil on November 8, 2011, "told [Philadelphia] Action News, 'I don’t think there's anything that could discolor the quality of Joe Paterno's legacy.'"[9] Vermeil also served on the Honorary Board of Sandusky's Second Mile children's foundation, along with Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, Matt Millen from ESPN, actor Mark Wahlberg and football player Franco Harris, among others.[10] It was reported on November 11, 2011, that Vermeil hadn't "spoken to [Sandusky] since the scandal broke. 'It's a blindside,' Vermeil said. 'That's all I can say.' 'If it's true, he's a sick man. He had an illness none of us knew about. That's all.'"[6]

The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia named Vermeil their Person of the Year in 1985 and inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 2003.

Vermeil served as head coach for the National Team in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl from 2012-2014, leading his team to victory in each of his three appearances.

In August 2015, Vermeil bought a 2.5% share of the Philadelphia Soul arena football team.[11]

Head coaching record

College

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
UCLA Bruins (Pacific-8 Conference) (1974–1975)
1974 UCLA 6–3–2 4–2–1 T–3rd
1975 UCLA 9–2–1 6–1 T–1st W Rose 5 5
UCLA: 15–5–3 10–3–1
Total: 15–5–3
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

NFL

Team Year Regular season Post-season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
PHI 1976 4 10 0 .286 4th in NFC East - - - -
PHI 1977 5 9 0 .357 4th in NFC East - - - -
PHI 1978 9 7 0 .563 2nd in NFC East 0 1 .000 Lost to Atlanta Falcons in NFC Wild-Card Game
PHI 1979 11 5 0 .688 2nd in NFC East 1 1 .500 Lost to Tampa Bay Buccaneers in NFC Divisional Game
PHI 1980 12 4 0 .750 1st in NFC East 2 1 .667 Lost to Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XV
PHI 1981 10 6 0 .625 2nd in NFC East 0 1 .000 Lost to New York Giants in NFC Wild-Card Game
PHI 1982 3 6 0 .333 13th in NFC - - - -
PHI Total 54 47 0 .535 3 4 .429
STL 1997 5 11 0 .313 5th in NFC West - - - -
STL 1998 4 12 0 .250 5th in NFC West - - - -
STL 1999 13 3 0 .813 1st in NFC West 3 0 1.000 Super Bowl XXXIV champions
STL Total 22 26 0 .458 3 0 1.000
KC 2001 6 10 0 .375 4th in AFC West - - - -
KC 2002 8 8 0 .500 4th in AFC West - - - -
KC 2003 13 3 0 .813 1st in AFC West 0 1 .000 Lost to Indianapolis Colts in AFC Divisional Game
KC 2004 7 9 0 .438 3rd in AFC West - - - -
KC 2005 10 6 0 .625 2nd in AFC West - - - -
KC Total 44 36 0 .550 0 1 .000
Total[12] 120 109 0 .524 6 5 .545

Personal life

Vermeil and his wife, Carol, have three children and 11 grandchildren. Their son Rick and his wife Colleen are parents of grandchildren Kelly, Rick, Billy and Megan. Their son Dave and his wife Janet are parents of grandchildren Jack, Amy and Andy. Their daughter Nancy and her husband Steve Barnett are parents of grandchildren James, Tommy, Stevie and Christopher. Vermeil's nephew Louie Giammona played in the NFL for Vermeil with the Philadelphia Eagles and also played for the New York Jets.[13]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Knute Rockne, Dick Vermeil and Ki-Jana Carter to be inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame". TournamentOfRoses.com. August 26, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  2. ^ "Eagles search ends with Vermeil". St Petersburg Times. February 9, 1976. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  3. ^ Freeman, Mike (August 31, 1997). "They Answer to Themselves". The New York Times. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  4. ^ Alper, Josh (November 7, 2011). "NFLPA will hold pre-draft game in Los Angeles". Profootballtalk.com. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  5. ^ Finley, Ryan (January 8, 2013). "Arizona Wildcats football: Tutogi and Quinn accept invites to NFLPA Bowl". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  6. ^ a b Merrill, Elizabeth, "No one, it seems, knows Jerry Sandusky", ESPN.com, November 11, 2011 4:17 pm ET. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
  7. ^ Jerry Sandusky's book titled 'Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story', Los Angeles Times, November 7, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
  8. ^ "Jerry Sandusky's autobiography 'Touched' contains passages that now make the reader cringe", Harrisburg PA Patriot-News, November 12, 2011, 4 pm/10:27 pm. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
  9. ^ Rys, Richard, "Ditka, Vermeil Sound Off On PSU Scandal: Apparently, the media’s to blame for JoePa’s ruined rep", The Philly Post, September 11, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
  10. ^ Shorr-Parks, Eliot, "Andy Reid, Dick Vermeil on Honorary Board for Sandusky Organization" Archived April 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, Yard Barker blog; "with FoxSports.com on MSN" upper right in page logo; October 11, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
  11. ^ Barkowitz, Ed (August 20, 2015). "Dick Vermeil buys into Arena League Philly Soul". Philly.com. Philadelphia Daily News.
  12. ^ "Dick Vermeil Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  13. ^ "Louie Giammona Back On Uncle's Good Side". Reading Eagle. AP. October 27, 1980 – via Google News Archive Search.

External links

1974 UCLA Bruins football team

The 1974 UCLA Bruins football team represented the University of California, Los Angeles during the 1974 NCAA Division I football season. Members of the Pacific-8 Conference, the Bruins were led by first-year head coach Dick Vermeil and played their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

1975 UCLA Bruins football team

The 1975 UCLA Bruins football team represented the University of California, Los Angeles in the 1975 NCAA Division I football season. Led by second-year head coach Dick Vermeil, the Bruins won their first Pacific-8 championship in a decade and were 8–2–1 in the regular season. On New Year's Day, UCLA upset previously undefeated and top-ranked Ohio State in the Rose Bowl and climbed to fifth in the final rankings.

1976 Philadelphia Eagles season

The 1976 Philadelphia Eagles season was the franchise’s 44th in the National Football League. It was the first year with the team for head coach Dick Vermeil, who would bring the Eagles to their first playoff berth in eighteen seasons in 1978 and then their first Super Bowl just two seasons later. As for this season, the Eagles matched their 4–10 record from last season and failed to reach the playoffs for the sixteenth consecutive season. This was also the tenth straight season for Philadelphia in which they did not end the season with an above .500 record.

1982 Philadelphia Eagles season

The 1982 Philadelphia Eagles season resulted in a losing season. This season would mark the end of an era under head coach Dick Vermeil. While under Vermeil the Eagles had the most successful period of their existence up to that time, making the playoffs four straight seasons (1978–1981) and having a record of 54–47 in six seasons with Vermeil (1976–1982) while making the Super Bowl in 1980. Vermeil retired due to burnout but would return to coaching in 1997 with the St. Louis Rams and would lead them to a Super Bowl victory in 1999.

1998 St. Louis Rams season

The 1998 St. Louis Rams season was the team’s 61st year with the National Football League (NFL) and the fourth season in St. Louis. It was the second year for head coach Dick Vermeil. The team failed to improve on its 5–11 record from 1997, and instead finished the season 4–12 and missed the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season, during which they had compiled a league-worst 45–99 record. Despite all of this, the Rams showed many signs of life during the season when they beat playoff teams such as the New York Jets (who would make the AFC Championship game during the season) and the New England Patriots (who would make a wild card). Some skeptics claim that those 2 wins helped them build signs of strong life into next season, when they won Super Bowl XXXIV over the Tennessee Titans.

2001 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 2001 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 32nd season in the National Football League, the 42nd overall and the first under head coach Dick Vermeil, and failing to qualify for the playoffs or to improve upon their 7–9 record from 2000, with a 6–10 record, which netted them a fourth place finish in the AFC West.

Along with new coaches joining the team, new additions appeared on the Chiefs’ roster, including running back Priest Holmes and quarterback Trent Green. Coach Dick Vermeil began to install a powerful offense similar to the one he installed in St. Louis to win Super Bowl XXXIV.

2002 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 2002 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 33rd season in the National Football League, the 43rd overall, the franchise's 40th season in Kansas City, Missouri and the second under head coach Dick Vermeil.

The Chiefs's high-powered offense was led by quarterback Trent Green and 2002 NFL Offensive Player of the Year Priest Holmes, in the second of Holmes's three consecutive all-pro seasons. Green had a 2-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio (26 to 13), and Holmes led the league in touchdowns (24) and overall scoring (144 points).

Kansas City scored 467 points (29.2 per game), but gave up 399 points (24.9 per game), the second most in the AFC and fifth-most in the NFL. Football Outsiders stated that the 2002 Chiefs have the second-largest Offense-Defense imbalance from 1992–2010 (the largest discrepancy coming from the 1992 Seattle Seahawks). Football Outsiders also calculated that the Chiefs had the second most efficient running game in the same period (second only to the 2000 St. Louis Rams).The Chiefs' offense also set two new NFL records with the fewest fumbles in a season (7, broken in 2010) and fewest fumbles lost in a season (2), the latter of which still stands.

2005 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 2005 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 36th season in the National Football League, the 46th overall and the fourth and final season under head coach Dick Vermeil.

The team had a 10–6 record, but no playoff berth. The Chiefs became the sixth 10–6 team to fail to qualify for the playoffs since the NFL introduced the wild card.

The final season of head coach Dick Vermeil was a swan song for one of the NFL's most prolific offensive squads in years, and the breakout season of running back Larry Johnson, who finished the season with 1,750 rushing yards in only nine starts. After running back Priest Holmes was injured in week 8 against the San Diego Chargers, Johnson took over the reins of the Chiefs’ offense and it almost resulted in a playoff berth.

For the 2005 campaign, the Chiefs brought several new players to boost a defense that has finished among the worst units the past three years. Starting with first draft pick, LB Derrick Johnson from the University of Texas, free agent LB Kendrell Bell, free agent S Sammy Knight, and also trading for CB Patrick Surtain from the Miami Dolphins for a second-round Draft pick, the Chiefs had high hopes for the '05 season.

Albany Empire (AFL)

The Albany Empire is a professional arena football team based in Albany, New York, that began play in the Arena Football League (AFL) in 2018. Home games are played at Times Union Center.

The Empire is Albany's third arena football team and second AFL team; they succeed the original Albany Firebirds who began AFL play in 1990 and enjoyed great success (most notably winning ArenaBowl XIII) before moving to Indianapolis following the 2000 season, and later the Albany Conquest who played in the af2 from 2002 until that league folded after the 2009 season (and were known as the Firebirds for that last season).

Carl Peterson

Carl D. Peterson (born May 26, 1943) grew up in Long Beach, California, and is an alumnus of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he earned a bachelor's, master's and doctorate of education. He is best known as the former president, general manager, and chief executive officer of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). Peterson served in those roles from 1989 to 2009 and hired four head coaches for the Chiefs during his tenure: Marty Schottenheimer, Gunther Cunningham, Dick Vermeil, and Herman Edwards.

Peterson is a consultant with Miami Dolphins’ owner Stephen Ross of FanVision, an in-stadium fan technology device serving 12 NFL teams and two Division I universities. FanVision does all 38 NASCAR races, US Open (tennis), plus a number of major PGA Tournaments. Three BCS Bowl Games also employed FanVision's in-stadium technology in January 2011. Peterson is also a principle and partner with Dick Vermeil Wines, located in Calistoga, California.

Harry Gamble

Harry T. Gamble (December 26, 1930 – January 28, 2014) was an American football coach and executive. He was the head coach for the Lafayette College Leopards from 1967 to 1970, compiling a 21−19 record, before moving on to become the head coach for the University of Pennsylvania Quakers from 1971 yo 1980, earning a 34−55−2 record. He was hired by the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL) in 1981 as an unpaid volunteer assistant coach under Dick Vermeil, and quickly ascended to general manager of the team in 1985 and team president in 1986. He was general manager from 1985 to 1995, and team president from 1986 to 1994.His son, Tom, was the vice president of player personnel for the Eagles from February 2013 to December 2014.

Invincible (2006 film)

Invincible is a 2006 American sports drama film directed by Ericson Core. It is based on the true story of Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg), who played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1976 to 1978 with the help of his coach, Dick Vermeil (Greg Kinnear). The film was released in the United States on August 25, 2006.

List of Kansas City Chiefs head coaches

The Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL) have had 13 head coaches in their franchise history. The franchise was founded in 1960 by Lamar Hunt and were known as the Dallas Texans when the team was located in Dallas, Texas. The team relocated to Kansas City, Missouri and were renamed the Chiefs in 1963. The franchise was a charter member of the American Football League (AFL) before entering into the NFL following the AFL-NFL merger.Hank Stram, the team's first head coach, led the Chiefs to three AFL championship victories and two appearances in the Super Bowl. Stram was the team's longest-tenured head coach, holding the position from 1960 to 1974. Marty Schottenheimer was hired in 1989 and led Kansas City to seven playoff appearances in his ten seasons as head coach. Gunther Cunningham served as the team's head coach in between stints as the team's defensive coordinator. Dick Vermeil coached the team to a franchise-best 9–0 start in the 2003 season. Of the thirteen Chiefs coaches, Hank Stram and Marv Levy have been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Herman Edwards served as the team's head coach from 2006 to 2008, compiling a 15–33 record. Todd Haley, served his first season with the team in 2009, but was fired on December 12, 2011. Defensive Coordinator Romeo Crennel was named the team's interim head coach for the remaining 3 games of the season. Following the 2011 season Crennel was named permanent head coach. Crennel was fired after the 2012 season, having posted a 4–15 record as head coach. Before the 2013 season Andy Reid was hired after being let go by the Eagles after the 2012 season.

List of Monday Night Football commentators

The following is a list of sportscasters who have served as commentators for Monday Night Football broadcasts on various networks, along with each commentator's period of tenure on the show (beginning years of each season shown, as the NFL season ends in the calendar year after it begins). Game announcers used in #2 games usually come from ESPN and are included for both wild card playoff games (1995–2005 except 2002–2003 season) and secondary regular season games (1987, 1997, 2005–present).

Louie Giammona

Louis Jean Giammona (born March 3, 1953) is a former American football running back in the National Football League. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the eighth round of the 1976 NFL Draft and also played for the Philadelphia Eagles. He played college football at Utah State.

Giammona was selected to the Utah State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010. He is the nephew of former NFL coach, Dick Vermeil.

NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl is a post-season college football all-star game for NFL draft-eligible college players, held annually in January. The event was founded in 2012 by the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA). Players predominantly, but not exclusively, are from teams within the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

The first six editions of the game were played in Carson, California, at the venue then known as Home Depot Center and StubHub Center. Starting with the 2018 edition, the game is held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

National Football League Coach of the Year Award

The National Football League Coach of the Year Award is presented annually by various news and sports organizations to the National Football League (NFL) head coach who has done the most outstanding job of working with the talent he has at his disposal. Currently, the most widely recognized award is presented by the Associated Press (AP), although in the past several awards received press recognition. First presented in 1957, the AP award did not include American Football League (AFL) teams. The Sporting News has given a pro football coach of the year award since 1947 and in 1949 gave its award to a non-NFL coach, Paul Brown of the All-America Football Conference's Cleveland Browns. Other NFL Coach of the Year awards are presented by Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America and the Maxwell Football Club. The United Press International (UPI) NFL Coach of the Year award was first presented in 1955. From 1960 to 1969, before the AFL–NFL merger, an award was also given to the most outstanding coach from the AFL. When the leagues merged in 1970, separate awards were given to the best coaches from the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC). The UPI discontinued the awards after 1996.

Rod Rust

Rodney Arthur Rust (August 2, 1928 – October 23, 2018) was an American football player and coach. He is best known in the United States as the head coach of the New England Patriots of the National Football League during the 1990 season, which ended with a 1–15 record.

For most of Rust's early coaching career, he was an assistant to one of two coaches: Marv Levy or Dick Vermeil. Rust began as an assistant under Levy at the University of New Mexico between 1960 and 1962, before leaving to serve under Dick Vermeil at Stanford University. In 1967, he became the head coach at North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas), a position he held until 1972. North Texas had a 29–32–1 record during Rust's tenure.

Rust returned to work for Levy in 1973 as defensive coordinator for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. In his three seasons in Montreal, the Alouettes went to two Grey Cup finals, winning in 1974.

In 1976, Rust left the Alouettes to become an assistant with Vermeil's Philadelphia Eagles. He served as linebackers coach for two seasons before leaving to take the defensive coordinator position with Levy and the Kansas City Chiefs. After Levy's firing in 1982, Rust became defensive coordinator of the New England Patriots. Head coach Ron Meyer fired Rust midway through the 1984 season, but he was later reinstated (with Meyer himself fired). Rust and the Patriots went to Super Bowl XX (under head coach Raymond Berry) in 1985, but he left the team after the 1987 season. He returned to the Chiefs for the 1988 season, and moved again to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1989.

The Patriots hired Rust as head coach in 1990, but fired him after a 1–15 season, the worst showing in team history. The New York Giants hired Rust as defensive coordinator in 1992, and he lasted one season. He spent the rest of the 1990s as a defensive assistant with the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons.Rust was named the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 2000, and was fired during the 2001 season after a six-game losing streak. Rust spent 2002 as the defensive quality control coach of the New York Giants. He returned to the CFL in 2005, taking the coordinator position with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers; he left abruptly halfway through the season. He became defensive coordinator of the Ottawa Renegades in February 2006; however the team suspended operations before the season began.Rust died on October 23, 2018 at the age of 90.

Terry Tautolo

Terry Lynn Tautolo (born August 30, 1954) is a former professional American football linebacker who played nine seasons in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins. He played college football at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and was drafted in the 13th round of the 1976 NFL Draft.

On December 16, 2013, GQ.com's internet show "Casualties of the Gridiron" reported that Tautolo was homeless and involved in substance abuse. Tautolo's former teammates learned of his dire situation and put out a call for help. With the help of his former UCLA teammate Brent Boyd and head coach Dick Vermeil and the NFLPA, he turned his life around and currently works with special needs children.

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