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- Dick Vermeil Confirms Retirement

Chris Pokorny January 1, 2006
Chris Pokorny
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For the third and final time, Dick Vermeil is retiring from football as head coach of the Kanas City Chiefs. He went out on a very positive and emotional victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, led by Larry Johnson's three touchdowns to a 37-3 win.

Vermeil told the team the day before the game that he would call it a career after coaching the Chiefs for five years. He had coached for 15 years in total.

After the victory against the Bengals, Vermeil thanked Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt for giving him the opportunity.

"I didn't get you to a Super Bowl, Lamar," he told him after the game. "But you'll get there some day, and I'll go with you."

Vermeil won one Super Bowl when he coached the St. Louis Rams. He had hoped to reach the playoffs after their win over the Bengals, but they were eliminated after the Detroit Lions lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"The greatest thing I take away from here is the value of the relationships and how deep they are," he said. "They're not influenced by the scoreboard. Nobody can take those things away."

In 15 seasons, Vermeil had a record of 125-114. He was 44-36 as the Chiefs coach.

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