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NFL great Pardee diagnosed with terminal cancer

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Jack Pardee, a legend of Texas football at every level on which the sport can be coached or played, has been diagnosed with terminal gall bladder cancer and has six to nine months to live, according to family members.Milwaukee Bucks Snapback Hats
Pardee's daughter, Anne, provided details of his diagnosis to The Associated Press. She said Pardee, 77, plans to move to a hospice in Denver where his wife, Phyllis, has been receiving care in the aftermath of a stroke.
Pardee, who has a ranch in Milam County, said Tuesday he appreciated the kind thoughts and best wishes of friends and fans from throughout his career, which included his days in the 1950s as a six-man football legend in Christoval, a member of Paul Bryant's "Junction Boys" at Texas A&M, a five-time All-Pro linebacker with the Rams and Redskins, and coach of, among other teams, the Gamblers, Oilers and University of Houston Cougars.
"I appreciate (messages from well-wishers)," Pardee said. "We've worked for everybody in Houston, from the Gamblers to the university to the Oilers. Everybody was always great down there, and I appreciate the support."
Pardee was diagnosed in 1965 with a malignant melanoma in his left arm and on his 28th birthday underwent an 11-hour surgical procedure that included chemotherapy, a complete blood transfusion and a procedure that lowered his body temperature to 86 degrees. He recovered and returned to the NFL, completing a 15-year career in 1972, and other than a recurrence in 1986 that was treated with minor surgery but no chemotherapy had been in good health ever since.Orlando Magic Snapback Hats
"I've been through this a couple of times," said Pardee, whose cancer has spread to other parts of his body. "This (cancer) is a different kind. You've got to deal with it."
To well-wishers, he said, "Thank them for their support and ask them to keep me in their prayers. We've got a lot of great friends (at A&M and in Houston). Tell them thanks for their support, and keep it up."
Pardee's family moved to Texas from Iowa in the mid-1940s so his father, Earl, could receive treatment for rheumatoid arthritis in Christoval's mineral baths. Pardee scored 57 touchdowns for the town's regional six-man champions in 1952 and then played three seasons for the Aggies, enduring Bryant's infamous training camp in Junction in 1954 and winning all-conference honors in 1956. He then played for the Rams and Redskins, with a two-year break in 1965-66, from 1957 through 1972, winning NFC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1972.
He went on to coach the World Football League's Florida Blazers (1974), the Chicago Bears (1975-77) and Redskins (1978-80) and, in 1984-85, the run-and-shoot Houston Gamblers of the United States Football League, winning coach of the year honors in 1984. After the USFL disbanded, he succeeded Bill Yeoman at UH, where quarterback Andre Ware won the 1989 Heisman Trophy, from 1987 through 1989.
In 1990, he returned to the NFL with the Oilers, leading the team to the playoffs in his first four seasons before losing his job following a 1-9 start in 1994. His career NFL coaching record is 87-77.
Pardee is a member of the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame.Green Bay Packers Snapback Hats





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