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Jack Pardee: 'Old age plays some dirty tricks'

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Former Houston Oilers and University of Houston head coach Jack Pardee confirms for FOX 26 Sports that he has cancer and has been told he has about seven months to live.

"The reason is, is where it is," Pardee said. "Cancer of the gall bladder and liver.

"So when it gets there it travels fast. I'm taking chemotherapy now, and I guess there's always a chance that chemo could work. Having it in the gall bladder and liver is not a good place to have it."

Ted Pardee said his father was examined at M.D. Anderson hospital in Houston about a month ago.

"One of the first doctors that diagnosed it said with that kind of cancer seven months is a pretty good target," Jack Pardee said.

"Old age plays some dirty tricks."

Jack Pardee, 77, has survived cancer twice before.

"Thank goodness you've got a great family, kids and grandkids and they're all gathered here (Gause, Tx.)  together, helping out," Jack Pardee said.

"I'll just get my chemotherapy and do what I can and hope for the best."

Ted Pardee said his parents are moving to Denver where the Pardees have family as well and Jack and his wife, Phyllis, can be together in a hospice facility.

As a player Jack Pardee spent 13 years with the Los Angelas Rams and two years with the Washington Redskins.

He had two stints in the NFL as a head coach, with the Chicago Bears and the Redskins.

Pardee also coached the Houston Gamblers in the USFL.

"Thank goodness for Houston, the people there," Pardee said. Thank goodness for my first job (in Houston) with the Gamblers.

"After that going to the U of H. What a great school to coach at and the success we had there.

"I took the place of Bill Yeoman and Bill had been there (25) years. That's probably what I should have done. I probably should have stayed there, instead I went on to the Oilers

"Once you get in pro ball and get in that rat race again, if you can hang around four or five years, you're doing pretty good."

Jack Pardee was the head coach of the Houston Oilers from 1990-1994.

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