Dick Vermeil led the 1999 Rams to the most likely title of all time

1999 St. Louis Rams is the best underdog story in NFL history.

The Rams were exiting the 4-12 season. They lost quarterback Trent Green to a knee injury in pre-season. It was not expected to be of use. Instead, they won the Super Bowl.

Kurt Warner became the poster boy for That weak storyAnd for good reason. Warner’s story has been told countless times: He went from packing groceries to a regular season and Super Bowl MVP. He ended up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Let’s not forget the great 1999 Rams coach. The coach who took this former grocer, made the team believe in him as the new quarterback, and oversaw the team that won the unlikely ever Super Bowl.

The Hall of Fame has not forgotten the career of Dick Vermeil. He finally got the call and will be inducted into the 2022 class. He wouldn’t have been there without his amazing 1999 season.

Dick Vermeil had a funky track

Vermeil had a strange career. He became the head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1976 after two seasons as a head coach for UCLA. He led the Bruins to a Rose Bowl win in one of his two seasons there. After two losing seasons to start his time in Philadelphia, the Eagles took off. They had success and ended up in Super Bowl XV, despite losing to the Oakland Raiders. Vermeil coached two more seasons with Philadelphia and then moved away at the age of 46.

He said he was on fire. Vermeil was not coached again until he was 61.

In between, Vermeil was a popular college football announcer for ABC. He seemed to have settled into his career after coaching when surprisingly appointed Rams Vermeil in 1997. He was given control of football operations as well. And for two years, it looked like the game had passed Vermeil. He was 9-23 after two seasons. The players didn’t take the old school mentality, especially in hard training camp practices. He was in danger of being fired.

Vermeil looked like a coach who had been out of action for 14 seasons. Then it happened in 1999.

Dick Vermeil has coached for three NFL teams, including one memorable season with the Rams. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Vermeil wins the Super Bowl

There was magic for 1999 Ramez. “We’re going to get around Kurt Warner, and we’re going to play good football,” Vermeil said through tears after Green’s injury. He was assisted by the new offensive coordinator, Mike Martz. So did the new Marshall Falk, acquired in a Vermeil-brokered deal.

The Rams went 13-3 and beat the Tennessee Titans in the Super Bowl. Vermeil’s comeback, after nearly two decades of appearing in a tournament with the Eagles, was well worth it.

Warner got the limelight. Martz takes a lot of credit for his innovative crime. But Vermeil pressed all the right buttons for one of the greatest stories of heroism in sports history.

“He deserves 100 percent of the credit for the turnaround,” then-Ramez Vice President of Player Personnel Charlie Armey told Baltimore Sun said During the 1999 season. “He made the right moves with the equipment, the players and the drills. He did everything right.”

Vermell walked away again after the 1999 season. He would return for five more seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, and while it wasn’t bad—the Vermell Chiefs went 44-36—that didn’t result in any playoff wins. Vermeil retired permanently after that.

Unlike the first time he retired from the Eagles, Vermeil walked away from the NFL with a Super Bowl ring from one of the greatest races of a single season in the sport.

“Winning a Super Bowl doesn’t change a person,” Vermeil said in 2014. Delaware County Daily Times. “But it changes the way everyone looks at it. It’s amazing. Suddenly you’re a Super Bowl winning coach and that’s how you’re presented. But you’re the same person.”