Moon calls Pardee a 'Texas legend'

April, 2, 2013
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Jack Pardee left a big imprint on Houston and on the franchise that went on to become the Tennessee Titans.

Pardee, who coached the run-and-shoot Houston Oilers, passed away Monday.

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon had high praise for his old coach in a conversation with John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

“Coach Pardee was a genuine Texas legend,” Moon said. “He was successful on so many levels. He had such appreciation and respect for the game.

"'How many Texans do what he did?' He starred in high school (Christoval), played for Bear Bryant (Texas A&M), survived Junction and became an All-American. After his playing career (Rams and Redskins) ended, he coached three teams in Texas. That’s about as Texas as they come.”

The Oilers' run-and-shoot had its limitations. But when you see four wide receivers, spread fields and even read options you’re seeing a lot of run and shoot principles at work.

Pardee’s Oilers teams never broke through to a Super Bowl, but they sure were fun to watch.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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