Our thoughts are certainly with Jack Pardee — the former Washington Redskins head coach and one of the cornerstones of the Redskins’ “Over The Hill Gang” — who has been diagnosed with gall bladder cancer and has six to nine months to live, his family says.
Despite the grim diagnosis, Pardee’s daughter Anne reports Jack remains in good spirits. That’s great to hear.
Pardee, a standout linebacker at Texas A&M where he played under Paul “Bear” Bryant, was part of the revitalization of the Redskins’ defense in the early 1970s. As part of the “Over The Hill Gang,” Pardee played the last two seasons of his career with the Redskins in 1971 and 1972. In 1971, he intercepted five passes — returning one for a touchdown — and was named All-Pro.
Pardee was head coach of the Redskins from 1978-1980, when he compiled a 24-24 record. In 1979, the Redskins came within one game of making the playoffs.
Under his watch, Pardee also made a few critical decisions that would wind up paying off big for the Redskins in the years to come:
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Lost in the shuffle of yesterday afternoon was the celebration of former Redskins head coach Jack Pardee’s 76th birthday. Pardee was one of the famous “Ram-skins,” brought to Washington to be part of head coach George Allen’s “Over the Hill Gang.”
During the final two years of his playing career, he started 17 games for the Redskins at outside linebacker and tallied 5 interceptions, one fumble recovery, and a touchdown on defense.
After his playing days were over, he returned to the gridiron on the sidelines, accepting a job in the Nation’s Capital as the head coach of the World Football League’s Washington Ambassadors. The team would later move to Norfolk and retain the name, before moving to Florida and becoming the Blazers. After one championship season, he was hired as the Chicago Bears head coach, before returning to the lead the Redskins in 1978.
Pardee might be best remembered for being the head coach of the team directly before Joe Gibbs, but he deserves credit for assembling players that would contribute to Gibbs’s championships. Read more »
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