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Jack Pardee passes away

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Former NFL head coach and player Jack Pardee has passed away at age 76, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

Ted Pardee, Jack’s son, said his father passed away from complications of gallbladder cancer, Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston reported.

Pardee coached the Bears from 1975-77, leading Chicago to the postseason in his final campaign. After the 1977 season, he took the Redskins’ coaching job, leading Washington from 1978 through 1980. He won NFL Coach of the Year honors in 1979 after Washington posted a 10-6 mark.

Let go after the 1980 season, Pardee would go on to coach the USFL’s Houston Gamblers (1984-1985) and the University of Houston (1987-1989) before taking the Oilers’ job in 1990. He led the Oilers to the postseason in each of his first four seasons, but Houston managed just one playoff win in that span. After a 1-9 start in 1994, Pardee resigned and was replaced by Jeff Fisher.

Including playoffs, Pardee’s career NFL coaching record was 88-82 (.518).

Before another generation came to know him for his work on the sidelines, Pardee had a decorated career as a player. He was an All-American at Texas A&M under Bear Bryant, playing linebacker and fullback. He entered the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams in 1957 and would play 15 seasons in the league, twice earning All-Pro honors (1964, 1971).

An academic All-American and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Jack Pardee was born April 19, 1936 in Exira, Iowa.

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22 Responses to “Jack Pardee passes away”
  1. dickjagger says: Apr 1, 2013 8:06 PM

    RIP, Mr. Pardee.

  2. vbe2 says: Apr 1, 2013 8:14 PM

    He finished his playing career as a member of the “Over The Hill Gang” in Washington.

  3. apmn says: Apr 1, 2013 8:23 PM

    And he was a Junction Boy.

  4. wayupsouth says: Apr 1, 2013 8:27 PM

    Eternal peace and rest to you, Mr. Pardee.

  5. gonavybeatarmy says: Apr 1, 2013 8:30 PM

    “The Pardee has just begun.”

    God Bless the Pardee family.

    Very Sincerely,

    Redskins Nation, HTTR!

  6. shackdelrio says: Apr 1, 2013 8:30 PM

    Impressive football life. And you can add he coached a Heisman Trophy winner in Andre Ware also. Rest in peace.

  7. mwindle1973 says: Apr 1, 2013 8:36 PM

    He was always a lot better coach than his record would indidcate.

  8. anasdonuts says: Apr 1, 2013 8:45 PM

    He also presided over the Kevin Gilbride-Buddy Ryan fiasco (Ryan took a swing at Gilbride on the sidelines). Still….one of th good guys and master of the run & shoot offense. He coached Andre Ware, David Klingler, Jim Kelly, Warren Moon and I can’t remember whether he coached Steve McNair for a season

  9. larrydavid7000 says: Apr 1, 2013 8:56 PM

    RIP JACK ONE HELL OF A LB AND A DECENT COACH. GREAT MEMORIES FOR THE BURGUNDY AND GOLD.!!!!!!! HAIL

  10. andylucksneck says: Apr 1, 2013 9:03 PM

    You were a great man Mr. Pardee, but you were that much better when you had the burgundy and gold on. You will be missed. I remember hearing my grandmother on sundays yelling at the screen because a play didn’t go well. She has passed on as well, so it was a great memory under somber events. RIP Mr. Pardee, Redskins Nation loves you!!!!!

    HTTR!!!!

  11. dirtydrynn27 says: Apr 1, 2013 9:06 PM

    RIP Jack Pardee! HTTR WE will always Love you and I send my deepest sympathies to the family

  12. shzastl says: Apr 1, 2013 9:20 PM

    Pardee also started for the Redskins in SB7

  13. c1md6 says: Apr 1, 2013 9:35 PM

    Great football man, but most of all great man.

  14. duncanthecat says: Apr 1, 2013 9:45 PM

    Who can ever forget JP taking matters into his own hands when Lance Bambi Alworth was attempting to cut block him during the 1972 NFC Championship Game. CLASSIC!

    Bambi was never the same.

  15. joelvis72 says: Apr 1, 2013 9:56 PM

    I met Coach Pardee, Jim Kelly, Mouse Davis, June Jones, and a couple of others at the Hilton in Houston before a Gamblers game in 1984. For a 10 year old, it was quite an incredible experience, and I’ve been nuts about pro football ever since. RIP coach.

  16. gregmorris78 says: Apr 1, 2013 10:09 PM

    As a kid, I met him once at the entrance tunnel to old rfk with my dad, parade was a bit larger than life…httr

  17. riverhorsey says: Apr 1, 2013 10:24 PM

    ESPN should do some specials on guys like that.

  18. proudliberal85392 says: Apr 1, 2013 10:42 PM

    Condolences to Mr. Pardee’s family.

  19. chitownjeff says: Apr 1, 2013 10:52 PM

    RIP.. Before the skins..and before the Oilers.. Jack Pardee lifted the Bears back to the playoffs. When I was a small kid he was the one who got us to the Playoffs.. and man.. the 1970′s Chicago Bears were some sorry ass teams.

    Broke my heart when he left the Bears for the Redskins.. but I guess Old Man Halas throwing around those nickels had a lot to do with it..

    This should be a Football Life episode this season.. Jack Pardee was so tough he kicked cancer in the ass twice years ago.. RIP..

  20. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 1, 2013 11:42 PM

    Pardee was a little too laid back as a coach for my taste.
    Bill Cowher’s first win as a Steelers coach came in the 1992 season-opener against the passive Pardee’s Oilers in Houston. The Steelers were 10-point underdogs, while the talent-laden Oilers were preseason Super-Bowl favorites.
    Cowher’s exuberant and animated sideline-demeanor clearly was the difference en route to a surprising 11-5 record and the first of the Steelers’ six straight playoff appearances.

  21. Deb says: Apr 2, 2013 12:24 AM

    One of Bear’s famed Junction Boys–the toughest of the tough. RIP Coach Pardee. Deepest condolences to his family, friends, players, and teammates.

  22. creeder1964 says: Apr 2, 2013 12:36 PM

    Class individual in a field where that’s sorely lacking. Miss him and those like him.

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