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Buddy Ryan will watch sons, then undergo surgery for cancer


Buddy Ryan is scheduled to have surgery on cancer that has spread from his glands and spread to his neck.

But first he has a football game to watch.

Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said that his father, the former head coach of the Eagles, delayed the surgery until after Sunday’s game between the Cowboys and Jets.

“He knows this is a big thing for him and a big thing for the Ryans,” Rob Ryan said via “He’s about the only guy who’s beat cancer about every time. He’s been through it about four or five times so I’m sure the prognosis is great for him because he always wins.”

Both Ryan sons can’t win Sunday night, but Buddy Ryan has to appreciate that his boys have come so far in the NFL while essentially mimicking their father’s brash style.

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38 Responses to “Buddy Ryan will watch sons, then undergo surgery for cancer”
  1. skoobyfl says: Sep 5, 2011 3:32 PM

    Everyone loves you Buddy, get well soon.

  2. itsmammoth says: Sep 5, 2011 3:36 PM

    Good luck to both teams, and the Ryan family..

    Go Cowboys!

  3. iknowitallandmore says: Sep 5, 2011 3:37 PM

    Hope he beats it. Tired of so many people losing battles to the dirty C

  4. flagstaffphotos says: Sep 5, 2011 3:37 PM

    Dang! That is one tough family. Old Buddy giving Mr. Death a few punches to the face, just like he was Kevin Gilbride!

  5. gpete1962 says: Sep 5, 2011 3:42 PM

    Good luck and God Bless !!

  6. londonbengal says: Sep 5, 2011 3:44 PM

    Hope everything works out well.

    Never was an Eagles fan, but those Buddy Ryan Eagle teams were fun to watch back in the day, with Summerall and Madden up in the booth at the Vet.

    Good luck Buddy.

  7. gerard33 says: Sep 5, 2011 3:45 PM

    wow!!! remarkable story.

    i was no fan of his teams, but wow, go buddy.

  8. jimmysimpson55 says: Sep 5, 2011 3:48 PM

    Buddy Ryan-The real coach of the World Champion 1985 Chicago Bears

  9. medtxpack says: Sep 5, 2011 3:49 PM

    great football faimly, even with their brash style. best of luck to Buddy and what a gem of a game to watch….

  10. lbdpatch says: Sep 5, 2011 3:50 PM

    Great Eagles coach .
    Get well soon. Our prayers are with you Buddy.

  11. flavordave says: Sep 5, 2011 3:52 PM

    Get well Buddy. Youre a legend.

  12. wtf__seriously says: Sep 5, 2011 3:55 PM

    Praying for you, Buddy, and our thoughts are with the Ryan family during this trying time.

  13. tampajoey says: Sep 5, 2011 3:56 PM

    Not everyone loves Buddy, regardless… get well soon.

  14. drgfri says: Sep 5, 2011 4:01 PM

    Get well Buddy. But no, not everyone loves you…

  15. polishkingski says: Sep 5, 2011 4:08 PM

    people can say what they will but i think the ryans are great for the nfl. its alot of fun as far as i am concerned. good luck buddy. the game should be great.

  16. rectumnearlykilledem says: Sep 5, 2011 4:09 PM

    skoobyfl says:”Everybody loves you Buddy…”??? Obviously you’re not much of a football historian. Hopefully he recovers but much of the NFL hated this guy. And he was an awful head coach. His roster had tons of talent but he only cared about one aspect of the game.

  17. americankris says: Sep 5, 2011 4:10 PM

    You guys know Buddy’s gonna do too cancer? hes gonna treat it like Kevin Gilbrides face and beat it

  18. jlb10 says: Sep 5, 2011 4:11 PM

    get well buddy and god bless

  19. eaglesblow says: Sep 5, 2011 4:12 PM

    Buddy obviously doesn’t ALWAYS win, he’s a .500 coach in the NFL. And he lost every playoff game his teams played.

  20. goindy2006 says: Sep 5, 2011 4:18 PM

    Sorry to hear the horrible news. Thoughts with the whole Ryan family! Get better and bet it buddy!

  21. coreyandthejets says: Sep 5, 2011 4:21 PM

    He’s a tough old man…. He’ll be alright

  22. deenice810 says: Sep 5, 2011 4:38 PM

    Get well soon Buddy, It should be a great game. I hope the Jets defense slaps Tony Romo and the Cowgirls senseless!

  23. murraysons says: Sep 5, 2011 4:44 PM

    I hate both those teams but I’m rooting for the old man.

  24. cowboynation919 says: Sep 5, 2011 4:47 PM

    Coming from someone one just lost his father in February, I truly wish the Ryan family the best of luck.

    It’s a tough battle as a family and only a few prevail. You would think after all the billions that as been raised in cancer research that we could have come up with something other then radiation and chemo. Non the less, good luck and hold in there. Family is the only thing we really have in life.

    p.s go Cowboys! 🙂

  25. tigrrrr says: Sep 5, 2011 4:55 PM

    Those buddy ryan days as coach of the eagles, was when non- eagle fans respected the eagles. Cant say that now… The eagles sold their pride for a few wins. Good luck Buddy!

  26. time2speakup says: Sep 5, 2011 5:10 PM

    You always know exactly what you’re getting with any one of the Ryan clan. You may not like them, but you gotta respect them. Blessings on all the Ryan’s.

  27. scomibord says: Sep 5, 2011 5:30 PM

    Godspeed, Buddy!!!!Who Dat!

  28. newagerocker says: Sep 5, 2011 5:32 PM

    Be well Buddy!

  29. waltdawg says: Sep 5, 2011 6:47 PM

    I cannot decide which is worse………..

  30. rollerino1 says: Sep 5, 2011 6:53 PM

    Our prayers are with you, Buddy.

  31. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 5, 2011 7:11 PM

    Get well, Buddy.

  32. flyinhighwithvick says: Sep 5, 2011 7:23 PM

    Best wishes Buddy, you are my all time favorite coach, and you are the greatest defensive mind of all time. I remember your defense rocking the Vet like it was yesterday. All of Philly is pulling for you! Get well soon!

  33. marvelsmith420 says: Sep 5, 2011 8:14 PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with Buddy and his family. Godspeed, Bud!

  34. richm2256 says: Sep 5, 2011 8:47 PM

    Buddy Ryan has to appreciate that his boys have come so far in the NFL while essentially mimicking their father’s brash style.

    In other words, they’re both loud-mouthed a-holes.

    But good luck beating the cancer, Buddy.

  35. richm2256 says: Sep 5, 2011 8:50 PM

    flagstaffphotos says:
    Dang! That is one tough family. Old Buddy giving Mr. Death a few punches to the face, just like he was Kevin Gilbride!

    Dear Lord, he CAN do it!!!!

    This moron can actually make a post that ISN’T trashing the Patriots!!!!!

    I don’t believe it!!!!!!!!

  36. asublimeday says: Sep 5, 2011 8:57 PM

    Best wishes buddy. Chicago still loves you

  37. firstand4ever says: Sep 5, 2011 10:01 PM

    Buddy Ryan is one of the greatest defensive coaches of all time. Its very rare that a legend like him would have two sons in prominent positions on two historic franchises. Amazing football family. Love em or hate em.

    On a sidenote, It’s funny that Rex Ryan is actually friendly with Kevin Gilbride. Rex chalks it up to a heat of the moment situation between his pops and Gilbride.

    Gilbride is real good at coordinating offenses against Ryan defenses. Just something to keep in mind. I remember Baltimore had a long stretch where they didn’t even give up a 100 yard rusher and then Gilbride coordinated a Giants offense that ran for over 200 yards against them. Let’s see if The Giants do that to Dallas and The Jets this year.

  38. joetoronto says: Sep 6, 2011 6:04 AM

    All the best, Buddy. You are loved all over the world.

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