Longtime NFL coach Buddy Ryan has died at the age of 82, his agent confirmed on Tuesday.
Ryan became renowned for the defensive philosophy that made him a two-time Super Bowl champion, with the New York Jets in Super Bowl III and with Mike Ditka’s Chicago Bears at Super Bowl XX.
Over his 26 seasons of coaching in the NFL, Ryan spent time on the defensive staff for the Jets, Bears, Minnesota Vikings and Houston Oilers. He later worked as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals, where he amassed a 55–55–1 record.
Upon hearing the news of his death, many NFL players, coaches and teams shared their tributes to Ryan on social media.
Buddy Ryan has passed!!! He coach some the best defense's I faced. Praying 4 both the Ryan & Summitt families.— Emmitt Smith (@EmmittSmith22) June 28, 2016
Just heard the news of Buddy Ryan may he rest in paradise. It's a sad day for the Ryan Family. God bless. .— ANTONIO CROMARTIE (@CRO31) June 28, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of two very inspiring coaches: Pat Summitt & Buddy Ryan.— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) June 28, 2016
Our hearts go out this morning to the families and friends of two sports legends and innovators, Pat Summitt and Buddy Ryan.— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) June 28, 2016
Sending thoughts and prayers to the Ryan family this morning. Rest in paradise Buddy...— Damon Harrison (@BigDame900) June 28, 2016
Wow R.I.P Buddy Ryan— DeMarcus Van Dyke (@D_VanDyke8) June 28, 2016
Damn RIP Pat Summit and Buddy Ryan 😞— The Purpman (@OTeeJay_) June 28, 2016
Ryan’s son Rex is the head coach of the Bills, while his son Rob is an assistant coach on Rex’s staff.