Jack Pardee dead: Former college, NFL coach remembered

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College Football Hall of Famer Jack Pardee died on Monday. In addition to beating cancer twice, he also hung 95 points on SMU once. He was awesome.

Former NFL and college football coach Jack Pardee died on Monday due to complications from gall bladder cancer. His death comes roughly six months after he was diagnosed with gall bladder and liver cancer. He was 76 years old.

Pardee was one of the first head coaches to bring the run-and-shoot offense to the NFL. After beginning his coaching career in the World Football League, Pardee became the head coach of the Chicago Bears in 1975. Following two seasons in Chicago, he became the head coach of the Washington Redskins in 1978 and was named the Associated Press NFL Head Coach of the Year in 1979.

After a stint in the USFL, Pardee returned to college as the head coach of the Houston Cougars and he brought the run-and-shoot offense with him after picking it up in the USFL. Pardee spent three seasons with Houston, compiling a 22-11-1 coaching record. In 1989, with the help of Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Andre Ware, Pardee led Houston to a 95-21 win against SMU. The Cougars finished the 1989 season 9-2, and they led the nation in total offense by averaging 624.9 yards per game, including 511 passing yards per game.

Pardee jumped back to the NFL in 1990 with the Houston Oilers and went on to lead Houston to the playoffs in three of his four years as head coach. Pardee finished his coaching career in 1995 with the Birmingham Barracudas of the CFL. He nearly made a comeback in 2007 when he interviewed for the Houston Cougars' opening which eventually went to Kevin Sumlin.

In addition to his coaching exploits, Pardee was also an excellent player. He played linebacker for Bear Bryant at Texas A&M as one of the original "Junction Boys." He was the No. 14 selection in the 1957 NFL Draft and went on to become an All-Pro in the NFL. Pardee was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

Here is some of the reaction from the college football and NFL worlds following the news:

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