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Jack Pardee
Jack Pardee AP
Jack Pardee as Houston Oilers Head Coach, 1992
Personal information
Born: (1936-04-19)April 19, 1936
Birthplace: Exira, Iowa, U.S.
Died: April 1, 2013(2013-04-01) (aged 76)
Deathplace: Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Linebacker, DB, HC
Jersey #(s):
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
NFL Draft

1957 / Round 2nd / Pick 14

Selected by: Los Angeles Rams
As player:
Played for: Texas A&M 1954–1956
Los Angeles Rams 1957–1970
Washington Redskins1971–1973
As coach:
Teams coached Florida Blazers 1974
Chicago Bears 1975–1977
Washington Redskins 1978–1980
San Diego Chargers 1981
Houston Gamblers 1984–1985
University of Houston 1987–1989
Houston Oilers 1990–1994
Birmingham Barracudas (CFL)
Coaching Stats
Record (W/L/T): 87–77, .530 Win Pct. (%)
Career Stats
Interceptions     22 INTs
Fumble Recoveries     17
INTs Returned for TDs     5 Returned for TDs
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Career highlights

As Coach:

  • Overall Coaching record:109–88–1
    87–77 (NFL)
    22–11–1 (college)
  • 2x-AFC Champions with Houston Oilers (1991, 1993)

As player:

Awards and Honors
Awards *3x NFL All-Pro Selection with Los Angeles Rams (1963, 1964) and the Washington Redskins (1971)
  • First Team NFL All-Pro Selection with Los Angeles Rams (1963)
  • All-American LB at Texas A&M

John Perry Pardee (April 19, 1936 – April 1, 2013) was an American football linebacker and the only head coach to helm a team in college football, the National Football League, the United States Football League, the World Football League, and the Canadian Football League. Pardee was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1986.

Playing career[]

As a teenager, Pardee moved to Christoval, Texas where he excelled as a member of the six-man football team (Pardee is the only six-man player to later have played or coached in the NFL).[1] He was an All-American linebacker at Texas A&M University and a two-time All-Pro with the Los Angeles Rams (1963) and the Washington Redskins (1971).

Pardee was one of the famed Junction Boys, the 1954 Texas A&M preseason camp held in Junction, Texas, by football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. He was part of the 35 left from the approximately 100 players who went to Junction, Texas. After completing college at Texas A&M, Pardee was the 14th overall pick when he was drafted in the second round by the Los Angeles Rams as a linebacker. Pardee played for the Rams from 1957 to 1970; sitting out the 1965 season while battling melanoma. In 1971, Pardee joined the Washington Redskins, ending his playing career there in 1973.

Coaching career[]


When the World Football League started up in 1974, Pardee got his first head coaching job with the Washington Ambassadors. The team would later relocate to Norfolk, Virginia and become the Virginia Ambassadors before finally moving to their third and final home as the Florida Blazers. The Blazers, based in Orlando, made it all the way to the 1974 World Bowl and lost by one point to the Birmingham Americans. Pardee's regular season coaching record in 1974 with the Blazers was 14–6, and 2–1 in the 1974 WFL Playoffs and World Bowl. Some of the Blazers players relocated to San Antonio for the 1975 season, and Pardee would move on too, signing on as head coach of the Chicago Bears for the 1975.

First stint in the NFL[]

In 1975, Pardee was hired by the Chicago Bears as head coach. He spent the next three years there, leading Chicago to their first playoff berth in 14 years in 1977, before moving on to the Washington Redskins. In 1979 he led the Redskins to within 1 game of making the playoffs, but in the season's final week they blew a 13-point lead to the eventual NFC East champions Dallas Cowboys and missed the playoffs. He was fired after going 6-10 in 1980. In 1981, he was hired as Assistant Head Coach in charge of defense for the San Diego Chargers.


In 1984, Pardee returned to his native Texas by becoming the head coach of the Houston Gamblers. The Gamblers played spring football in the United States Football League. The Gamblers had one of the most potent offenses in pro football, the run and shoot offense, with Jim Kelly as quarterback. The Gamblers merged with the New Jersey Generals in 1986, and Pardee was named head coach. With Kelly and Doug Flutie both vying for the role of starting quarterback, and Herschel Walker in the backfield, the Generals were poised to dominate the USFL. But the league's attempted move to a fall schedule (at the behest of the Generals' owner, Donald Trump) ruined any chance of that. There would be no 1986 season, and the Generals, despite Trump's best efforts, disbanded with the rest of the league.


Pardee returned to Houston in 1987, by becoming the head coach at the University of Houston. During his three year stint, the Cougars, utilizing the same offense he coached in the USFL, produced the first ever African-American quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy, Andre Ware. His team also became the first major college team in NCAA history to have over 1,000 total offensive yards in a single game, raking up 1,021 yards while beating SMU, 95–21.[2]

Second stint in the NFL[]

In 1990, Pardee packed up the run and shoot offense and moved across town, and back to the NFL, by joining the Houston Oilers. He spent five years coaching a team which made the playoffs each of his first four years there, led by Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon. After starting the 1994 season 1–9, Pardee resigned.


He continued his coaching career in the Canadian Football League. In 1995, he was named head coach of the Birmingham Barracudas. The "Cudas" were part of a failed experiment to expand the CFL into the United States. With Matt Dunigan at quarterback, Birmingham made the playoffs, but lost in the first round. After just one year, the Barracudas disbanded and all American teams, except Baltimore, were finished.

Return to coaching[]

In December 2007, Pardee, then 71, was contacted by athletic director Dave Maggard about the vacant head coaching job at the University of Houston. Signaling interest, he made it as far as a finalist for the position, however the school moved forward with Kevin Sumlin, 43, a co-offensive coordinator from the University of Oklahoma.[3]

Personal life[]

Pardee was married for 50 years to Phyllis Lane Perryman and has five children and 12 grandchildren. Pardee's youngest son, Ted, is the color commentator for the Houston Cougars football radio broadcasts, and is vice president of sales and marketing with Dowley Security Systems, Inc.

Pardee died April 1, 2013, two and a half weeks before his 77th birthday. The family has established a memorial scholarship fund in Pardee’s name at the University of Houston. He is survived by his wife Phyllis; five children and 12 grandchildren.[4]

Head coaching record[]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Houston Cougars (Southwest Conference) (1987–1989)
1987 Houston 4–6–1 2–4–1 7th
1988 Houston 9–3 5–2 2nd L Aloha 18
1989 Houston 9–2 5–2 2nd Ineligible Ineligible 14
Houston: 22–11–1 12–8–1
Total: 22–11–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CHI 1975 4 10 0 .286 3rd in NFC Central - - - -
CHI 1976 7 7 0 .500 2nd in NFC Central - - - -
CHI 1977 9 5 0 .643 2nd in NFC Central 0 1 .000 Lost to Dallas Cowboys in NFC Divisional Game.
Chicago Total 20 22 0 .476 0 1 .000
WAS 1978 8 8 0 .500 3rd in NFC East - - - -
WAS 1979 10 6 0 .625 3rd in NFC East - - - -
WAS 1980 6 10 0 .375 3rd in NFC East - - - -
Washington Total 24 24 0 .500 - - -
HOU 1990 9 7 0 .563 2nd in AFC Central 0 1 .000 Lost to Cincinnati Bengals in AFC Wild-Card Game.
HOU 1991 11 5 0 .688 1st in AFC Central 1 1 .500 Lost to Denver Broncos in AFC Divisional Game.
HOU 1992 10 6 0 .625 2nd in AFC Central 0 1 .000 Lost to Buffalo Bills in AFC Wild-Card Game.
HOU 1993 12 4 0 .750 1st in AFC Central 0 1 .000 Lost to Kansas City Chiefs in AFC Divisional Game.
HOU 1994 1 9 0 .100 4th in AFC Central - - - -
Houston Total 43 31 0 .581 1 4 .200
Career Total 87 77 0 .530 1 5 .167


  1. [1] Football: The six-man world. San Antonio Express-News at, October 14, 2006.
  3. Mark Schlabach, Yellow Jackets, Wolverines, Midshipmen earn high marks,, December 17, 2007.
  4. Jack Pardee passes away | ProFootballTalk. (April 19, 1936). Retrieved on April 2, 2013.

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