National Football League coaching legend Dick Vermeil recently delivered a powerful and inspirational message to the entire Glen Mills Schools student body as part of the continuing Character and Leadership Development Program. Vermeil, who led the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl in 1981, coached the St. Louis Rams to victory in Super Bowl XXXIV. He also had a successful five-year coaching stint with the Kansas City Chiefs before retiring from coaching in 2005.
Vermeil, who has also done network-broadcasting work, is a noted dynamic speaker and he certainly lived up to his reputation.
“Coach Vermeil was fantastic,” Glen Mills student Evan Thomas said. “He was very inspirational and is a very powerful speaker.”
Vermeil enjoyed the chance to meet with the student body and is impressed with Glen Mills.
“What a great school,” Vermeil said about Glen Mills. “The school has a great history of serving young men who need help and I appreciate the opportunity to be here.”
Vermeil’s address focused on what he sees as the principles of leadership and as a tremendously accomplished coach, he certainly knows a thing or two about that.
First and foremost, Vermeil said, is that you have to care.
“If you care about something, you will get it done,” Vermeil said. “You have to learn to care about what you’re doing.”
The former UCLA coach encouraged Glen Mills students to always seek good examples- and be a good example yourself.
“Doing the right thing encourages others to do the right things as well,” Vermeil, who took over three losing NFL teams and turned them into winners, noted.
He also talked to the students about accountability, credibility, and investing in your future.
“Your future belongs to you,” Vermeil told the students.