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How Buddy Ryan achieved legendary status with the Eagles

Buddy Ryan became an NFL coach in New York. He became a champion in Chicago. In Philadelphia, Ryan became something else entirely: a legend. And legends, unlike men, never really die.

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Remembering the 1985 Chicago Bears

Buddy Ryan, who died Tuesday at the age of 82, was the coordinator of one of the best defenses in NFL history.

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Inside the Pittsburgh Steelers' 2-point party

Two be or not two be isn't a question for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who love their chances to spread teams out and get two points after touchdowns.

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Don Rogers: A life too short

Eight days after the death of Len Bias, Cleveland Browns star Don Rogers also died of a cocaine overdose

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NFL Nation: Are Jaguars contenders in AFC South?

Jacksonville added two key free agents in DT Malik Jackson and FS Tashaun Gipson and drafted CB Jalen Ramsey and LB Myles Jack in the first two rounds. Have the Jaguars improved enough defensively to be a legitimate contender in the division?

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Most team-friendly contracts for all 32 NFL teams

J.J. Watt and Aaron Rodgers, who stand to earn a combined $23.1 million from their teams in 2016, are the biggest names on Mike Sando's list of players working under team-friendly contracts.

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked about his comments to the Jim Rome show about Rex Ryan's job security, Jim Kelly said Tuesday, "We already texted. That's all good."

Most player-friendly contracts for all 32 NFL teams

Tom Brady and Ndamukong Suh, two of the league's highest-paid players in 2016, are among the stars on Mike Sando's list. Insider

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Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly: "When you played a Buddy Ryan defense, you knew you were in for a battle."

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Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Peyton Manning spoke of Pat Summitt on The Wake Up Zone in Nashville this morning. He sought her advice when he was deciding whether to stay at Tennessee for his senior season. "I was honored to call her a friend, I enjoyed my time with Pat," he said. "...Even though I never played for her, I always kind of felt like she was one of my coaches. And I always said that I wished I would have played for her. I think Pat Summitt could have coached men's basketball, men's football, she could have coached anything she wanted. She was that good of a coach."

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Fisher played on Buddy Ryan's legendary 1985 Bears defense (and basically served as an assistant after he was hurt). Fisher began his coaching career under Ryan in Philadelphia. Later, Ryan moved from Oilers coordinator to Cardinals head coach in 1994, the same year Fisher landed in Houston as coordinator. Fisher became interim coach later that year when Jack Pardee was fired. I started covering the team in 1996 and remember players talking about it taking a good while to get beyond the offense-defense split Pardee allowed and Ryan really fueled. You don't see that sort of in-house rivalry like that anymore and it wasn't very health. But boy was it entertaining.

Ditka: Ryan made 1985 Bears tick

Mike Ditka told Mike & Mike that the 1985 Bears would not have won Super Bowl XX without Buddy Ryan.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

This from Panthers coach Ron Rivera on Twitter on the passing of Buddy Ryan; #RipBuddyRyan thx 4 being my first defensive influence. The #NFL has lost another defensive innovator. #46Defense

Buddy Ryan's defenses played with swagger

Herm Edwards breaks down Ryan's transcendent defenses and the late coach's impact in Philadelphia.

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills confirm that former NFL coach Buddy Ryan, the father of Rex and Rob Ryan, passed away early this morning. "Our deepest sympathies go out to Rex, Rob and the entire Ryan family," a team spokesperson said.