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Pardee remembered as football innovator

By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON (AP) - Jack Pardee, 1 of Bear Bryant's "Junction Boys" at Texas A&M who went on to become an All-Pro linebacker and an NFL coach, is being remembered as an innovator, teacher, and loving father and husband.

Pardee died of cancer last Monday at 76. On Monday, he was memorialized at a service in Houston attended by hundreds of people, including former teammates, players and fellow coaches.

His son Ted says his three loves were, "God, family and football."

Andre Ware won the Heisman Trophy in 1989 at Houston by leading Pardee's "run-and shoot" offense. He fought back tears after the funeral as he recalled a man he thought of as a father figure. Ware said Pardee always cared about him as a person, not just a football player.

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