Dick Vermeil: 'If I started talking about Ron Jaworski, I would have started crying'


Legendary former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Dick Vermeil gave an all-time 23-minute Hall Of Fame induction speech at this weekend's induction ceremony at Canton, Ohio.

But, contrary to popular belief, he didn't cry.

"You notice I didn't talk about Ron Jaworski," Vermeil told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Monday. "If I started talking about Ron Jaworski, I would have started crying. I purposefully put individual real serious conversations about any one of my guys like that, that I'm that close to—I didn't want that to over power the rest of the things I was going to say."

Vermeil, 85, said that Football Hall Of Fame president Jim Porter "eliminated the eight minute limit" for Vermeil just minutes before his speech, allowing him to say everything he wanted to say.

Vermeil coached the Eagles from 1976-1982 leading them to Super Bowl XV, which resulted in a 27-10 loss to the Oakland Raiders. However, during the 1999 season, Vermeil got revenge winning the Super Bowl as head coach of the St. Louis Rams by one yard, on a game saving tackle by Mike Jones.

Vermeil says without that tackle he doesn't believe he would have gotten into the Hall Of Fame.

"Today in the modern world you have to win that game to get in there. It's very, very difficult to get the votes and draw the attention. There's no question if Jeff Fisher's team, who deserved to win the game just as much as we did, wins that game, he's competing to be a Hall Of Fame coach someday down the road. That's the dynamics of our evaluation system today. It's not one hundred percent correct. There's a lot of value in it, but I really believe some of the finest coaches I have ever seen coach, never coached a Super Bowl team."

Vermeil is a weekly guest on the 94WIP Morning Show every Friday during the Eagles season.

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