HOPKINS: He'd say these things, and we had to back them up. He'd push us all out on the limb, and we'd only have each other.
PLUMB: If I tell you I'm gonna kick your butt, and I do—then I really own you. That's Buddy's philosophy.
WATERS: I wish to god he'd never been fired.
RADIO HOST ANGELO CATALDI: Incredible eye for talent. Seth Joyner, eighth-round pick. Clyde Simmons, ninth round. Byron Evans, fourth-rounder. It just goes on and on.
BUDDY: Five minutes in a room with a player, that's all I need to know if he can play for me. I can see it in their eyes.
SON ROB: Two things Dad taught us about fighting. Always throw the first punch. Always walk away a winner.
SPORTSWRITER BILL LYON: Can an owner retain a coach who has such flagrant disregard for the organization, such flaunting disdain for the general manager...who condones player ridicule of management?
BUDDY: I guarantee you I'll be here in Philadelphia as long as I want.
SPORTSWRITER FRANK FITZPATRICK: Hundreds of rabid Buddy Ryan partisans, some with tears rolling down their cheeks, others lifting glasses of champagne in his honor, last night said farewell to their fallen hero.
JOANIE: Thought he'd go crazy without football. But he got up every morning at five, trained the horses, worked the farm all day.