There was more sad news for the SEC after news emerged that Texas A&M legend Jack Pardee had passed away aged 76.

According to ESPN, Pardee was one of Bear Bryant’s Junction Boys when Bryant was a coach in Aggieland.

Pardee played linebacker for the Aggies for three years and was then drafted in 1957. In the three years Pardee played under Bryant, the Aggies went 7-2-1, 9-0-1, and 8-3.

Pardee then played in the NFL for 15 years – during which he had a bout of melanoma.

He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996, after a successful coaching stint at Houston in 1989 that saw Andre Ware get a Heisman Award – he was the first black quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy.

Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin – who also coached at Houston – tweeted this statement: “Thoughts and prayers for the Pardee family. A great Coach and even better man. He will be missed, but his legacy of innovation will live on.”

Thoughts and prayers for the Pardee family. A great Coach and even better man. He will be missed, but his legacy of innovation will live on.

God Speed, Mr Pardee.

Jack Pardee Tribute

 

 

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