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Former head coach of the Eagles, Rams and Chiefs, Dick Vermeil was interested in race cars much like legendary Redskin head coach Joe Gibbs.
Vermeil stopped by Redskins Radio Thursday where he remembered his time coaching against Gibbs and his respect for the three-time Super Bowl winner.
“I haven’t seen Joe since we coached against him — I was with the Chiefs and he was running the Redskins,” Vermeil said. “I bumped into him once since then. You know, we were friends then, we’re friends now, and I got to know Joe real well when I was in broadcasting when I left the Eagles. You know, I was real good to Joe: I gave him his first win in the NFL. So, from then on, he wrote his own record book. But I have great respect and admiration for him.”
Vermeil then divulged more into their relationship.
“I really got to know him when I was broadcasting, and would sit in, go to practices, sit in on meetings with him; then meet with him after, just he and I, and discuss careers, coaching, pressures, family — everything — before he ever got involved in auto racing,” he said. “Though I knew he had the interest, because he was raised much like I was, around a little garage and people were interested in cars and race cars. But there’s only one Joe Gibbs — that’s why he’s in the Hall of Fame.”
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