Springfield, Missouri played host to the annual Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Ceremonies this afternoon and two former Kansas City Chiefs, QB Trent Green (2001-2006) and Coach Dick Vermeil (2001-2005) were joined by former Rams and Raiders LB, Mike Jones.
The event was held at the Springfield Convention Center and featured a packed house of former players, coaches and family members of the honorees.
“Over the last four years my mom has been diagnosed with cancer twice and has beaten cancer twice so I think it’s pretty clear to me that I get my hard headedness and stubbornness and my hard work and perseverance from my mom,” Green remarked as he accepted his induction.
Green’s career in Missouri featured him on both the Chiefs and the Rams squad. However, the native of St. Louis enjoyed his best year as a pro in the Red and Gold in 2003 when he led the team to a 13-3 season, winning the AFC West behind 4,039 yards passing and 24 TDs.
“It’s a great honor to go in with Coach Vermeil who goes in as a Legend of Missouri Sports.”
Coach Vermeil also has his time in the spotlight this afternoon, but not after battling back tears in four separate instances. Vermeil summed up his experiences with both the Rams and the Chiefs and then spoke of the great Lamar Hunt and the Chiefs organization for which he has fond memories and great admiration.
“Good people make you look pretty good,” Vermeil noted about his time in KC. With the likes of Willie Roaf, Priest Holmes, Trent Green and a cast of others, he was surrounded by some of the best to ever play the game.
Vermeil finished the afternoon by repeating words from the great UCLA coach John Wooden.
“Don’t worry about winning games. Make each player the best they could possibly be.”
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame is no stranger to the Chiefs as Vermeil shares the humbling honor of being the 24th Sports Legend to make his way into the Halls, and joins several Chiefs including Bobby Bell and Hank Stram.