Jack Pardee, the former Washington Redskins linebacker and coach, is suffering from gall-bladder cancer and will enter a Denver-area hospice, he said.
Anne Pardee, his daughter, told the Associated Press that her 76-year-old father will join his wife, Phyllis, there. She has had a stroke.
“The reason is, is where it is,” Jack Pardee told Houston’s Fox affiliate. KTRK in Houston first reported the story. “Cancer of the gall bladder and liver. So when it gets there it travels fast. I’m taking chemotherapy now, and I guess there’s always a chance that chemo could work. Having it in the gall bladder and liver is not a good place to have it.”
Houston is the home of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, one of the nation’s top cancer hospitals, and Ted Pardee told the station that his father had seen experts there about a month ago. “One of the first doctors that diagnosed it said with that kind of cancer seven months is a pretty good target,” Jack Pardee said. “Old age plays some dirty tricks.”
Pardee has twice survived cancer. He had melanoma when he was 28 and about halfway through his 15-year NFL playing career.
“Thank goodness you’ve got a great family, kids and grandkids and they’re all gathered here [in Gause, Texas] together, helping out,” he said. “I’ll just get my chemotherapy and do what I can and hope for the best.”
Pardee was one of Bear Bryant’s “Junction Boys” at Texas A&M and is a member of the College Hall of Fame. He played for the Los Angeles Rams from 1957-64, missing a season because of melanoma, then played another seven seasons. He finished his career with the Redskins in 1973.
Pardee coached the Chicago Bears from 1975-77 and the Redskins from 1978-80. He was fired a 6-10 season. He was San Diego’s defensive coordinator for one season, then coached the Houston Gamblers of the short-lived USFL. When that league folded in 1987, he became coach at the University of Houston and brought the Gamblers’ “run-and-shoot” offense to the Cougars.
Pardee was named coach of the Houston Oilers in 1990 and his teams advanced to the playoffs each year in his first four seasons. Then, Bud Adams, the owner of the Oilers (now the Teneesee Titans) traded quarterback Warren Moon to Minnesota before the 1994 season and the Oilers started 1-9. That prompted Pardee to step down.