On October 30, 1936, Richard Albert Vermeil was born. He spent 15 seasons as a head coach in the National Football League (NFL).
With his wife Carol, Vermeil has three children and eleven grandchildren. Louie Giammona, Vermeil’s nephew, played for Vermeil on the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL. Giammona was a member of the New York Jets as well.
He was the head coach for seven seasons, three with the Kansas City Chiefs and five with the St. Louis Rams. He coached football at Hillsdale High School from 1960 to 1962, Napa Junior College in 1964, and UCLA from 1974 to 1975 before joining the NFL. The UCLA team was led by Vermeil to victory in the 1976 Rose Bowl.
Vermeil improved the fortunes of teams that had a losing record prior to his arrival during his time in the NFL, and by the end of his third season which included a Super Bowl victory with the Rams had taken them all to the playoffs.
Since 1960, Philadelphia had not been postseason eligible, won a playoff game, or won a division when Vermeil took over as the team’s head coach in 1976. He ended each of these dry spells between 1978 and 1980, guiding the Eagles to their first Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl XV. After the 1982 season, Vermeil left the NFL. He wouldn’t return for another 15 years, joining the Rams in 1997 after they hadn’t had a winning season.
After the 1982 season, Vermeil left the NFL and didn’t come back for another 15 years, joining the Rams in 1997, who hadn’t had a winning season or made the playoffs since 1989.