Buddy Ryan spent over 35 years as a coach in the NFL, here’s a look at Buddy Ryan over the years.
The NFL lost a legend earlier today. Buddy Ryan, the architect behind the 1985 Chicago Bears defense, died at 82.
While Ryan is probably best known for his years running the Bears’ dominant defense, he had a career that spanned 35 years. He began his NFL career as a defensive assistant with the New York Jets and finished it as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals decades later.
Even after his retirement, Buddy’s spirit lived on through his sons, Rex and Rob, who both had prominent coaching jobs in the NFL and are now both coaches for the Buffalo Bills. Rex is the head coach, while brother Rob serves as his assistant head coach.
Here’s a photographic look back at Buddy Ryan’s illustrious NFL career.