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.
Ryan’s son Rex is the head coach of the Bills, while his son Rob is an assistant coach on Rex’s staff.