Dick Vermeil is a former American football coach who is best known for his successful coaching career in the National Football League (NFL). Vermeil was born on October 30, 1936, in Calistoga, California. He played college football at San Jose State University before becoming a football coach.

Vermeil began his coaching career at the high school and college levels before becoming an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Rams in 1969. He then served as an assistant coach for several NFL teams, including the San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, and Philadelphia Eagles before becoming a head coach for the first time with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1976.

Vermeil had great success with the Eagles, leading them to the Super Bowl in 1980. He then took a break from coaching for several years before returning to the NFL as head coach of the St. Louis Rams in 1997. Vermeil led the Rams to a Super Bowl victory in 1999 and retired after the 2005 season.

Vermeil was known for his emotional coaching style and his ability to motivate his players. He was also known for his work ethic and attention to detail, which helped him achieve success as both an assistant coach and a head coach.