Jack Pardee NFL Coach Dies at 76

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					     Jack Pardee
Former NFL Coach Dies at 76
     Jack Pardee, a Texas A&M football star who went on to
become both an All-Pro linebacker and an NFL coach, died Monday at
the age of 76.

      In November, Pardee's family announced that he had gall
bladder cancer that had spread to other organs and that he had six
to nine months to live.

     The family has established a memorial scholarship fund in
Pardee's name at the University of Houston, where Pardee coached
from 1987-89.

Houston athletic director Mack Rhoades said:

"Today, we mourn the passing of a great man who dedicated his life
to the game of football and was a true gentleman in every sense of
the word."

"It was not a coincidence that success followed coach and his teams
wherever he worked, and the University of Houston program was
blessed to have him."
Pardee was born in Iowa and moved to west-central Texas as a
teenager, where he played six-man football at Christoval High
School before moving on to Texas A&M.

Bear Bryant became the Aggies' coach in 1954 and moved their
preseason camp to desolate Junction, about 100 miles northwest of
San Antonio.

The state endured a severe drought and an historic heat wave, but
Bryant worked his team through the brutal conditions and refused
to allow water breaks.

Pardee was one of 35 players who made it through training camp.

"Not only did we lose a Texas A&M legend today, we lost a man who
was a legend at every level of football," Texas A&M A.D. Eric Hyman

Pardee played three seasons at Texas A&M and was the 14th overall
pick in the 1957 NFL draft by Los Angeles. He played for the Rams
from 1957-64.

After sitting out a year to deal with melanoma, he played seven more
seasons. He finished his playing career with the Washington
Redskins in 1973.


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