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Old 11-28-2012, 04:09 PM
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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NFL legend Pardee ill with cancer

Jack Pardee, one of Bear Bryant's "Junction Boys" who went on to become an All-Pro linebacker and an NFL coach, has been diagnosed with gall bladder cancer and has six to nine months to live, his family said Tuesday.

Pardee stuck with the NFL and was the Chicago Bears' head coach from 1975-77. He coached the Redskins from 1978-80 and was fired after Washington went 6-10. He served as San Diego's defensive coordinator for one season, then returned to Texas to coach the USFL's Houston Gamblers.

Pardee was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986. When the USFL disbanded in 1987, Pardee became the coach at the University of Houston and brought along the fast-paced "Run-and-Shoot" offense that worked well with the Gamblers.

But the Cougars led the nation in total offense (624.9 yards per game) and passing offense (511 yards per game) in 1989, and quarterback Andre Ware won the Heisman Trophy. Houston finished 9-2 and ranked No. 14 in the nation.

Pardee became the coach of the NFL's Houston Oilers in 1990, and led the team to the playoffs in each of his first four seasons.

His name emerged 13 years later for the Houston job, but the school hired Kevin Sumlin instead.

Can you imagine how things would be different if Sumlin did not get the Cougar job.

I always seem to forget the USFL days. Jim Kelly and the Gamblers. Pardee's Cougars put up 95 pts. in a game. Definitely made the game offensively entertaining.
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:22 PM
Location: Redneckville, NJ
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Sad news. Very sorry to hear this.
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:53 PM
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Sad news. I always liked him as a player and a coach.

The fearsome foursome got the publicity, but Pardee, Baughan, and Pottios weren't too bad either.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:31 PM
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Location: Suburban Dallas
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I'm saddened to hear this. When you think of Jack Pardee, you think of a great offensive mind. His offensive units were very efficient at moving the ball and were legendary. It's too bad that he didn't accomplish more on the field, but he had a wonderful career. He will be missed in the world of football.
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