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Ron Rivera, Mike Singletary and others who knew Buddy Ryan share remembrances of the beloved NFL coach and defensive mastermind.

By Andrew Perloff & Don Banks
June 28, 2016

On this week’s episode of the Audibles Podcast, hosts Andrew Perloff and Don Banks invite four guests to pay tribute to Buddy Ryan. They share their own memories and then interview four men who knew him in different ways.

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera recalls Ryan's pre-game speeches from the 1985 Bears' Super Bowl run and shares what he learned from Ryan that he now uses as a coach. SI's Tim Layden, who wrote a chapter about Ryan in his book Blood, Sweat & Chalk: The Ultimate Football Playbook: How the Great Coaches Built Today’s Game, explained how his defensive scheme worked. Former Chicago Bears public relations director Ken Valdiserri discussed the bond Ryan had with his players and the working relationship between Ryan and Mike Ditka. Finally Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary spoke about the tough love Ryan showed him, and how that shaped his career.

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