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Dick Vermeil
Dick Vermeil

Dick Vermeil

Whistle in His Mouth, Heart on His Sleeve
By Gordon Forbes, Foreword by Ron Jaworski

SPORTS & RECREATION

256 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

Cloth, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $27.95)

ISBN 9781600782411

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Sep 2009)

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Overview

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.

Author Biography

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.

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Dick Vermeil:
Whistle in His Mouth, Heart on His Sleeve
By Gordon Forbes/Foreword by Ron Jaworski

"I can say unequivocally that any success I've had as a father, as a player, as a husband, and as a businessperson is directly attributable to Dick Vermeil"
- Ron Jaworski

 

Those are strong words from one of the most respected figures in the NFL today, but a common sentiment in regards to the unique and inspiring influence of a coaching legend.

 

In Dick Vermeil: Whistle in His Mouth, Heart on His Sleeve, Gordon Forbes has written the first comprehensive biography of one of the greatest coaches in NFL history. From his days as a star athlete in California, Vermeil was driven to succeed, a trait that helped him turn around the Eagles, inspired him to win his first elusive Super Bowl with the St. Louis Rams, and compelled him to come out of retirement for a second time to lead the Kansas City Chiefs.

 

Dick Vermeil takes you behind-the-scenes of the life and career of a legend, including:

 

• Vermeil's rapid success with the Eagles and the reasons behind his burnout and abrupt retirement
• The years spent away from the sidelines and the influence they had on his return
• The triumphant coaching comeback that culminated with a shocking Super Bowl victory
• An inside-look at the actual Off-Season Conditioning Manual that Vermeil implemented for the 1977 Eagles

 

Dick Vermeil is an inspiring, enlightening, and often poignant look back at the life of one of the game's greatest coaches and most unforgettable characters.

 

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, with his partner, Marie, and their 11-year-old cockapoo, Morgan. This is his second book.

 

CONTACT: Josh Williams, Triumph Books, 312.252.1261, j.williams@triumphbooks.com

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