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Former All-Pro, head coach Jack Pardee battling cancer

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Former two-time All-Pro linebacker and head coach Jack Pardee has been given six to nine months to live after being diagnosed with gall bladder cancer.

According to Chris Duncan of the Associated Press, Pardee’s daughter, Anne, said he is in good spirits despite the diagnosis. Pardee is expected to move to a Denver hospice facility where his wife, Phyllis, is already receiving care for a stroke.

An inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, Pardee played 15 seasons in the NFL for the Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins with a year away from the game to battle melanoma. He served as head coach of the Chicago Bears from 1975-77 before returning to Washington to lead his former team. Pardee was let go by the Redskins after a 6-10 season in 1980.

After a year as defensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers, Pardee moved to the USFL to coach the Houston Gamblers for two season before taking over at the University of Houston in 1987. After three years in college, Pardee was hired as the head coach of the Houston Oilers in 1990 where he spent five seasons before resigning after a 1-9 start to the 1994 season.

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8 Responses to “Former All-Pro, head coach Jack Pardee battling cancer”
  1. mazblast says: Nov 28, 2012 12:35 AM

    Great player, decent coach, quality guy. I hope he beats this, although the odds look long.

  2. larryboodry says: Nov 28, 2012 12:58 AM

    Sad to hear…Prayers and thoughts for him and his loved ones.

  3. dirtyharry1971 says: Nov 28, 2012 7:05 AM

    Good coach, always felt he deserved to be hired again after the houston job. Hope he pulls thru somehow

  4. whatwouldlombardido says: Nov 28, 2012 7:41 AM

    Jack Pardee is a good guy who has beaten cancer once in his life. My prayer is that he will beat it again.

  5. whatwouldlombardido says: Nov 28, 2012 7:57 AM

    Jack Pardee is a good man who has beaten cancer once before in his life. My prayer is that he will do it again.

  6. cometkazie says: Nov 28, 2012 8:50 AM

    Reminds us of a nice guy and what’s important in life.

  7. mattyo99 says: Nov 28, 2012 9:25 AM

    Prayers are with him and his family

  8. joetoronto says: Nov 28, 2012 12:31 PM

    All the best to you, coach.

    Hang in there.

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