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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Ex-Houston coach Jack Pardee dies at 76

By ESPN.com staff

HOUSTON -- Jack Pardee, one of Bear Bryant's "Junction Boys" at Texas A&M who went on to become an All-Pro linebacker and an NFL coach, has died, University of Houston spokesman David Bassity said.

Pardee was 76.

Bassity said Monday that Pardee's son Ted confirmed the death to him.

Pardee's family announced in November that he had gall bladder cancer that had spread to other organs and that he had six to nine months to live.

Pardee was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

He survived a bout with melanoma when he was 28 and in the middle of his 15-year NFL playing career.

He played six-man football at Christoval High School in west-central Texas, near San Angelo, before moving on to Texas A&M. Bryant became the Aggies' coach in 1954 and moved their preseason camp to desolate Junction, about 100 miles northwest of San Antonio.

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