Calistoga native Dick Vermeil, the NFL Coach of the Year in 1979 and 1999, is among the modern-era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019. The list is composed of 102 players and coaches, the Hall of Fame announced on Sept. 13.
The roster of nominees consists of 47 offensive players, 39 defensive players, five special teams players and 11 coaches, the Hall of Fame said. The modern-era nominees will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and then to 15 finalists in January.
The other coaches are Don Coryell, Bill Cowher, Tom Flores, Jim Hanifan, Mike Holmgren, Jimmy Johnson, Richie Petitbon, Dan Reeves, Marty Schottenheimer and Clark Shaughnessy,
The selection committee will meet on Feb. 2, 2019 in Atlanta, to elect the Class of 2019, the Hall of Fame said.
The Class of 2019 will be enshrined on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 in Canton, Ohio.
Vermeil was head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs.
He won a Super Bowl, leading the Rams over Tennessee, 23-16.
Vermeil, who makes his home in Chester County, Pennsylvania, stands among the NFL’s all-time coaching elite. Vermeil’s final overall NFL head coaching record is 126-114.
After two successful seasons at UCLA, Vermeil became the head coach of the Eagles and guided the team to four consecutive playoff appearances between 1978 and 1981. He led the Eagles to the Super Bowl in 1981 where they lost to the Raiders, 27-10.
Vermeil was the first coach to win a Rose Bowl (UCLA, 1976) and a Super Bowl (St. Louis Rams, 1999).
He is a San Jose State graduate and is a former Napa Valley College head coach. He is in the NVC Athletic Hall of Fame and the California Community College Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
His numerous honors include enshrinement in the San Jose State Sports Hall of Fame, California Sports Hall of Fame, Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame, and Rose Bowl Hall of Fame. He is in the St. Louis Football Ring of Honor. His name is in the Ring of Honor at Spartan Stadium in San Jose.
The Walter Camp Football Foundation honored Vermeil with its Distinguished American award in 2006.
Vermeil played football at Napa Valley College and San Jose State.
He is with the Vermeil Wine Group and a partner in Vermeil Wines/OnThEdge winery.
Dotson stars for Nevada in win
American Canyon High School graduate Jomon Dotson started at cornerback on Saturday for the University of Nevada and was credited with 11 total tackles (all solo) and intercepted a pass as the Wolf Pack beat Oregon State, 37-35, in Reno.
It was a career-best number of tackles in a game for Dotson, who had a first-quarter interception with a return of 15 yards.
Four receptions for Armstrong-Brown
Marcus Armstrong-Brown, a Justin-Siena graduate, started at wide receiver and caught three passes for 44 yards with a long reception of 21 yards for the University of Hawaii in Saturday’s 28-21 loss to Army at West Point, New York.
Forster plays for Dartmouth
Napa High graduate Colton Forster was credited with an assisted tackle on Saturday for host Dartmouth as it beat Georgetown, 41-0, in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Santa Rosa JC wins
Vintage High graduate Richie Hardwick made six total tackles (five solo, one assist) for Santa Rosa Junior College, helping the Bear Cubs to a 21-10 win over host Shasta College-Redding on Saturday.
Vintage High graduate Jeremy Costa and Napa High graduate Brennan Weeks each had one tackle for Santa Rosa (2-1 overall).
There are eight Napa Valley players on the Santa Rosa roster.
Ladouceur No. 1 among greatest coaches
Bob Ladouceur, the head coach at De La Salle-Concord for 39 years (1979-2012), is No. 1 among the “Top 50 Greatest High School Football Coaches of All-Time,” according to a list compiled by MaxPreps.com.
Ladouceur’s record in 39 years with the Spartans was 399-25-3 (.938). He led De La Salle to seven national championships and averaged 11.7 wins per year.
The list of the “Top 50 Greatest High School Football Coaches of All Time” was determined using a ranking formula that takes into account wins, average wins per year, winning percentage and state titles, MaxPreps.com said in a story on Sept. 13.
Two other coaches from California —Bruce Rollinson of Mater Dei-Santa Ana at No. 25 and Duane Maley of San Diego at No. 45 — are also on the list.