The football world lost a legend on Tuesday morning, when former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Buddy Ryan, the engineer of one of the most feared defenses in National Football League history, passed away.
After news of Ryan’s passing surfaced, the Eagles released a statement honoring their former head coach.
“Buddy Ryan was arguably one of the greatest defensive masterminds in NFL history and forever left his mark on the Eagles organization and the city of Philadelphia,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a press release.
“Over the last 20-plus years, I had the pleasure of discussing football with Buddy and I always came away from those conversations intrigued by his knowledge and passion for the game. On behalf of myself and the entire Eagles family, I’d like to offer our deepest condolences to the Ryan family.”
In five years leading the Eagles, Ryan coached the team to a record of 43-38-1.
In addition to serving as Eagles head coach, Ryan spent time leading the Arizona Cardinals, served as defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears and Houston Oilers, and was a defensive assistant for the Buffalo Bulls, Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets.