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Dick Vermeil on Warner's HOF induction: "I got tears in my eyes"

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CANTON, OHIO (AP) -

Dick Vermeil coached Kurt Warner for just two seasons, but in one of those, they led the St. Louis Rams to the 1999 Super Bowl win.

Vermeil took a minute to speak with KWWL Saturday ahead of Warner's Hall of Fame induction.

"Well, I wasn't surprised, but extremely happy. I got tears in my eyes over it," Vermeil said. "He gave me a call right after he found out. It was an emotional experience for me, a lifetime career experience. When you coach most of your life, and have been in football all your life, and one of those guys you call your own...it really touches you."

Warner's induction is also a validation for Vermeil, and his style of coaching.

"Well for me it validates a philosophy I've had as a coach since high school days. That, if, you know, you do things certain ways, you look for certain talents, and certain types of skills in certain positions, chances are you're going to be successful. And he validates everything I believe in as a person, as a work ethic, character, perseverance. You name every attribute a great person has, and he has it. The fact that he's proved it to now so many people, when he puts on the gold jacket, no one deserves it any more than he does."

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