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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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Keeeeel 'em!

Mirrors on all four sides so they can watch themselves perform pirouettes and grands jetés.

Arrggghsonofaowwwwhuh!

The ear of athletic director Jim Peele—warned by a professor that football players are coming to class with purpled, swollen faces—pressed against the door, listening to the noises as linemen in shoulder pads and helmets take turns tearing into each other, one-on-one.

What's wrong with you, worm?

It's off-season. NCAA rules forbid winter practice.

Get up, worm! Get up!

Practice? What practice? The Seminar, Buddy calls it.

Grrrrhuhuhohhhhh!

See him unnerving the other assistant coaches with those seven-day weeks and 16-hour days. With those defensive-line meetings he sometimes holds in the shower room, those cowboys hats that a roster full of New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania kids begin to wear in his honor as the Buffalo defense becomes one of the country's 10 best against the rush.

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