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Buddy Ryan played by his own set of rules

Buddy Ryan played by his own set of rules

NFL coaching great Buddy Ryan, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 85, didn’t have difficulty finding the spotlight wherever he went. From the New York Jets when they became the first AFL team to win a Super Bowl in 1968, to the Super Bears of 1985 to his last stop as the head man of the Arizona Cardinals in 1994-95, Ryan had a common theme  — “You got a winner in town.”

One of the best fits for that boisterous personality was his stop as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles from 1986 to 1990. He was brash, but his teams backed up his words. He made fun of the rich owner, Norman Braman   —  “that guy in France” —...

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