Jack Pardee beat cancer twice over the course of his highly decorated life, but on Monday the former NFL and college coach sadly passed away from complications due to gall bladder cancer, according to SB Nation.
As both a star player and a coach, Pardee showed off the toughness that would eventually make him a College Football Hall of Famer. He was one of the original members of coach Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant’s “Junction Boys” teams during the Bear’s time at Texas A&M.
The linebacker then went on to be selected at No. 14-overall by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1957 Draft. Following an all-pro, 16-year career — playing with the Rams from 1957-1970 and retiring with the Washington Redskins in 1973 — Pardee jumped right into coaching. He spent a year in the World Football League before taking on the Chicago Bears’ head coaching duties in 1975.
It was there that he helped to transform the game of football.
In 1977, he led Chicago to its first playoff berth in 14 years after installing the run-and-shoot offense. Pardee was one of the first coaches to utilize the more high-powered offense at the professional level. He changed it up, heading over to the Washington Redskins in 1978. He was there until 1980.
Following his time with the Redskins, he had a short stint as a coordinator and then head coach at the USFL level before bringing his run-and-shoot to the NCAA’s Houston Cougars.
He coached the first African-American quarterback to win a Heisman Trophy, Andre Ware.
He headed back to the NFL in 1990, and finally called it a career after spending the 1995 season with the Birmingham Barracudas of the CFL.
He hung up his whistle as one of the truly unique playcallers and innovative offensive thinkers in the game, and that is how he will be remembered.
That, of course, right after him being a kind and loving husband and father. He was married for 50 years to Phyllis Lane Perryman and together they had five kids and 12 grandchildren.