Jack Pardee had a long career in the NFL that included playing from 1957 to 1970 with the Los Angeles Rams and then with the Washington Redskins from 1971 to 1973. He was a full time linebacker who also saw occasional time at fullback. He was a hard working player who always had the respect of teammates, coaches, and opponents.
Following his playing career, Jack Pardee would quickly move on to start his career in coaching. He was head coach with a number of teams and in a number of leagues. Though often overlooked, Jack Pardee made some big contributions to the world of pro football.
Here are five fun facts about NFL head coach Jack Pardee.
1. Jack Pardee did not have to wait long for his first head coaching job in pro football. He retired from the Redskins in 1973 and in 1974 was hired to be the head coach of the brand new Florida Blazers of the World Football League. The team had actually started as the Washington Ambassadors and then became the Virginia Ambassadors before relocating to Florida. Pardee was 38 years old at the time of getting his first head coaching job.
2. Jack Pardee was back in college in the late 1980s as he returned to coach his alma mater, the University of Houston. In a game against SMU his team wuld become the first major college team in NCAA history to have over 1,000 yards of total offense in one game. This happened when they racked up 1,021 yards in a 95-21 victory.
3. Jack Pardee was the head coach of the Houston Gamblers that featured a young Jim Kelly in the USFL. He was also technically later the head coach of the New Jersey Generals after the Gamblers and Generals merged, but this new team did not take the field before the league folded and the USFL was finished.
4. The best record any NFL team would have with Jack Pardee as their head coach was 12-4 which was put up by the Houston Oilers in 1993.