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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Jack Pardee among 'most courageous'

By Mike Sando

Jack Pardee accomplished much before, during and after his 13-year career with the St. Louis Rams. Those unfamiliar with his resume should check out some of the details in the Houston Chronicle's obituary. Pardee died from cancer at age 76.

Pardee played for Bear Bryant at Texans A&M in the 1950s and was one of the famed "Junction Boys" of that era. He earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors while with the Rams before posting an 87-77 record as an NFL head coach.

"Pardee was diagnosed in 1965 with a malignant melanoma in his left arm and on his 28th birthday underwent an 11-hour surgical procedure that included chemotherapy, a complete blood transfusion and a procedure that lowered his body temperature to 86 degrees," the Chronicle's obituary notes. "He recovered and returned to the NFL, completing a 15-year career in 1972, and other than a recurrence in 1986 that was treated with minor surgery but no chemotherapy had been in good health ever since."

The Rams released a statement honoring Pardee as "a great player who was one of the most courageous men to ever don a Rams uniform."

More from the Rams: "For 13 seasons, Jack gave everything he could to the organization, so much so that he eagerly returned to the field after winning a battle with cancer during the middle of his playing career. On the football field, he experienced success as a player and coach at every level of the game. Off the field, he was a family man and true gentleman. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Pardee family."