Thoughts and Prayers for the Family & Friends of Buddy Ryan. He was one of the most influential def coaches in FB! pic.twitter.com/3D8PnhFjdE— Mack Brown (@ESPN_CoachMack) June 28, 2016
One of @NFL's great defensive minds & characters, Buddy Ryan, has passed away, his agent said. His legacy is as memorable as his expertise— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 28, 2016
His agent, James Solano, said Ryan died Tuesday in Kentucky. He did not give a cause.
A very sad day in the sports world -- great defensive mind, Buddy Ryan passes away. My thoughts with the Ryan family. #ripbuddyryan— Jeane Coakley (@JeaneCoakley) June 28, 2016
The always outspoken Ryan was a linebackers coach for the 1968 New York Jets and coordinated the ground-breaking 46 defense for the '85 Chicago Bears, one of the NFL's greatest defenses. He was a head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1986-90, and for the Arizona Cardinals in 1994-95, compiling a 55-55-1 overall record.
A few years ago, Ryan attended a Cowboys-Jets game, traveling to New Jersey despite battling cancer to see then-Jets head coach Rex go against then-Dallas defensive coordinator Rob.
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