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Buddy
Gary Smith
July 11, 1994
During his 37-year career Buddy Ryan, new coach of the Arizona Cardinals, has inspired two emotions: love and hate
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July 11, 1994

Buddy

During his 37-year career Buddy Ryan, new coach of the Arizona Cardinals, has inspired two emotions: love and hate

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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.

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