The first comprehensive biography of one of the greatest coaches in NFL history, Dick Vermeil: Whistle in His Mouth, Heart on His Sleeve, details the coach’s early days as a star athlete in California, through his Super Bowl with the St. Louis Rams and coming out of retirement for a second time to lead the Kansas City Chiefs. A behind-the-scene look at a inspirational leader, this biography includes the stories on Vermeil's rapid success with his first professional coaching job and the reasons behind his burnout and abrupt retirement, the years he spent away from the sidelines and the influence they had on his return, his triumphant coaching comeback that culminated with a shocking Super Bowl victory, and an inside-look at the actual Off-Season Conditioning Manual that Vermeil implemented for the 1977 Eagles. This biography stands as an inspiring, enlightening, and often poignant look back at the life of one of the game's greatest coaches and most unforgettable characters.
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About the Author
Gordon Forbes was the pro football columnist at the USA Today for 20 years and has covered more than 900 games—including 39 Super Bowls—in his journalistic career. He covered the Philadelphia Eagles for 16 seasons before leaving the Philadelphia Inquirer during the middle of the 1982 NFL players' strike. In 1988, he received the prestigious Dick McCann Memorial Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his years of service and distinguished coverage of the game. He lives in Lakewood, New Jersey. Ron Jaworski is an NFL analyst on ESPN and a former NFL quarterback who played for 17 seasons.