Buddy Ryan, a 26 season veteran in the NFL passed away at the age of 82. He was known for his influence of the defensive side of the ball.
Ryan was a Korean War veteran as well. He attended Oklahoma State before getting his master’s at Middle Tennessee State.
He began his 33-year coaching career in 1961 as a defensive line coach with the University of Buffalo.
He got his first job in the pros in New York in 1968. Ryan was the linebackers coach for the Jets.
That Jets team led the AFL in defense and shocked the Colts in the Super Bowl 16-7.
Ryan’s first job as a defensive coordinator came in 1976 with the Minnesota Vikings. He spent two years there And in 1984, the Bears tallied 72 sacks, a record that still stands. The ’85 Bears capped their Super Bowl title with seven sacks.
Arizona hired Ryan as head coach in 1994, and the Cardinals went 12-20 in his two years there. He never coached again, letting twin sons Rex and Rob carry on the family legacy.
Ryan’s died in Kentucky, where he lived on a ranch in Shelbyville. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. No cause of death has been released but he had devastating stroke and had been battling cancer and was confined to a wheelchair.