Ted Pardee told FOX 26 Sports that his father, Jack Pardee, an icon in Texas football, passed away on Monday.
Ted Pardee said his father, who was 76, passed away from complications stemming from gallbladder cancer.
Jack Pardee had been living in a hospice facility in Centennial, Colo.
"Very sad time for our family," Ted Pardee said. "Even though we've known for awhile, we thought he had a little bit of time left.
"He was in such pain, especially the last 24 hours. Just that he's no longer in pain, that's the good news. He's in a better place."
Jack Pardee, who played for Bear Bryant at Texas A&M, spent 15 years in the NFL, 13 with the Los Angeles Rams and two with the Washington Redskins.
He was named NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1972.
Jack Pardee went on to become head coach of the World Football League Florida Blazers (1974), Chicago Bears (1975-1977), Redskins (1978-1980), USFL Houston Gamblers (1984-85), University of Houston (1987-1989) and the Houston Oilers (1990-94).
Jack Pardee was named USFL Coach of the Year in 1984 and in 1989 Andre Ware won the Heisman Trophy on his watch at UH.
He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, and the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame.
Ted Pardee said his father has set up the Jack Pardee Memorial Scholarship Endowment in the athletic department at the University of Houston.