Dick Vermeil Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Speech

CANTON — A Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement speech turned into a 23-minute thank-you note Saturday afternoon.

Dick Vermeil showed gratitude to just about everyone who has impacted him during his 85 years on Earth. He made many of those individuals who were in attendance at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium stand up and be recognized.

And, of course, he cried. But only a little.

“You noticed I didn’t get into a lot of other things that would make me cry, OK?” Vermeil said. “But when I talk about Carol Vermeil, it ain’t going to work.”

Dick Vermeil Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Speech

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Vermeil, a renowned crier who choked up a bit talking about his wife, was head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs during a football life that included a big chunk as a network broadcaster.

Each step of the way, he arrived at a team that was struggling and built that team into a winner.

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