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Remembering Buddy Ryan

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Buddy Ryan was only in Houston for one year, but he made an impact fans here won't forget.

One of a kind.
One of a kind.
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To many football fans, this is the first thing that comes to mind when Buddy Ryan's name is mentioned:

Indeed, Buddy's single-season run as the Houston Oilers' defensive coordinator was memorable, but not only because he threw a punch at Kevin Gilbride. Likewise, Buddy Ryan's coaching career in the NFL was noteworthy for the breadth of his accomplishments, from commanding arguably the greatest defense of all time with the Chicago Bears in 1985, to his tenure as the head coach with the Philadelphia Eagles, to his time as the head coach/general manager of the Arizona Cardinals. On top of that, there aren't many NFL head coaches who had two children go on to coach in the NFL, with one of those kids holding multiple head coaching jobs himself.

Today, as you have likely heard, Buddy Ryan passed away at the age of 82. We wish his family and friends our condolences.  I invite you to leave yours, as well as any memories you might have of Ryan from your time as a football fan, below.