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Legendary NFL coach Buddy Ryan dies

Buddy Ryan coached in the NFL for 35 years and achieved legendary status as a defensive coordinator. His two sons are also professional coaches. He died Tuesday at 82.

WASHINGTON – Buddy Ryan, who coached in the NFL for 35 years and achieved legendary status as a defensive coordinator, and whose two sons are also professional coaches, died Tuesday, the NFL confirms. He was 82.

Ryan was on the sidelines when the New York Jets upset the Baltimore Colts, 16-7, in Super Bowl III, and was the defensive coordinator when the Chicago Bears used his 46 defense to suffocate the New England Patriots’ offense in a 46-10 win in Super Bowl XX, in 1986. He was also defensive coordinator with the Minnesota Vikings and Houston Oilers, and gained notoriety when he took a swing at Houston offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride during a game.

He was also a head coach with the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals for seven years, compiling a 55-55-1 record in seven seasons.

His twin sons Rex and Rob Ryan are currently head coach and defensive coordinator, respectively, of the Buffalo Bills. Rex Ryan has also been head coach of the New York Jets, and served on his father’s staff in Arizona for two years, ESPN reports.

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