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Vermeil retires with win, but no playoffs
Published January 2, 2006
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - With trademark tears in his eyes, Dick Vermeil said this is really it - a third retirement means he's out of football.
He told the team and staff Saturday that he would step down after five years with the Chiefs and 15 in the NFL. His retirement did not come as a surprise.
Nevertheless, he teared up and had to pause several times in a news conference after the game while thanking Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt and team president Carl Peterson.
"I didn't get you to a Super Bowl, Lamar," he told the owner, who sat a few feet away and also appeared to be tight-lipped. "But you'll get there someday, and I'll go with you."
Pittsburgh's 35-21 victory over Detroit kept the Chiefs from the playoffs. Larry Johnson ran for 201 yards and a career-high three scores.
Vermeil, 69, took the 1980 Eagles to the Super Bowl, retired two years later and won the Super Bowl with the Rams after the 1999 season before abruptly retiring again. He returned to the NFL in 2001 with the Chiefs where he was 44-36.
NOTABLE: Only Shayne Graham's first-quarter field goal kept the Bengals from being shut out for the first time since 2001.