Pardee was 76. He had been diagnosed with gall bladder cancer in November, according to several reports.
“In his time both on the field and on the sideline, Jack Pardee will forever be a part of the Washington Redskins’ legacy,” Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said in a written statement released by the team. “He will be remembered not just as a linebacker for the 1972 NFC Champions, nor as just the coach for our franchise.
“He will be remembered as someone whose spirit truly embodied the values that we associate with the burgundy and gold. My thoughts — and the thoughts and well wishes of the entire Washington Redskins family — are with the Pardee family this evening.”
Pardee coached the Redskins between the 1978 and ’80 seasons. The team went 24-24 in those three seasons. Pardee also coached the Chicago Bears and Houston Oilers during an 11-year NFL head coaching career.
He was a Pro Bowl linebacker as a player who spent 13 of his 15 NFL seasons with the Los Angeles Rams. He finished his playing career with two seasons with the Redskins in 1971 and ’72.
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