Coach will return for fourth season

Updated: January 1, 2004, 5:17 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The NFL's oldest coach figures staying around young people is the best way to stay spry.

"It's true," said 67-year-old Dick Vermeil. "My football team energizes me."

So Vermeil will be back next year with the playoff-bound Kansas City Chiefs, a decision he made after thinking how much he regretted leaving St. Louis shortly after the Rams won the 2000 Super Bowl.

Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson, one of Vermeil's closest friends, talked him out of retirement ...

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