The note I wrote a few hours ago has two errors: I belatedly realized that there is no feature in this guest book that allows you to retrieve my email address, so I guess my letter to Coach Pardee, to which he responded, can't make its way to your door unless I figure out a way to get it to you, and (2) it's not 9 pages, it's only 5 1/2 pages (I don't think he would've read 9 typed pages unless the letter were from ... well, maybe the Pope!).
Dear Mrs. Pardee and family,
Like everyone else who knew Jack Pardee to any degree, either very well or just from listening to him on local TV and radio shows, I was so impressed with his stand-up character. He has always acted like a Micah man. By that I mean, he reminds me of the Biblical prophet Micah, who wrote: "...what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?"
One day in the early 1990s, I received what I thought was a prank phone call.
"Hello, is this Mrs. XXXXXXXX?" the male voice asked.
"This is Jack Pardee."
A moment of silence.
"You're teasing me. This isn't Jack Pardee."
"Yes, it is. I'm calling to ask if your husband would like to meet me to show his running and receiving skills. Chris Dishman tells me your husband is a fast sprinter."
I realized at that point that the caller wasn't spoofing me, because my husband had given me a football signed by a number of Houston Oilers players, including Chris.
I quickly regained my composure and we set up a place, day, and time to meet.
Before we hung up, I told Jack that I was the person who sent had recently sent him a nine-page letter outlining some possible solutions to the team's up-and-down season, which seemed to stem from "mental" rather than physical challenges. I thanked him for sending me a personal reply, which read:
"Dear Susan, Thank you for your letter and support.
"I certainly appreciate the detailed thoughts that you expressed in your letter. Because of your effort, I will implement many of these ideas next season.
"Thanks again for your enthusiastic support.
(Now I look back wondering how I was so presumptuous as to send Coach Pardee some "advice"!!!!)
If you'd like a copy of my missive to your husband, please email me and ask; I'd be honored to mail it to you.
By the way, my husband's speed was "off" the day we met Coach, and his hands dropped more balls than they caught. I felt badly having wasted Coach's time. But he remained the perfect gentleman, thanking us for taking our time that day.
I will never ever forget Coach Pardee's kindness to me and my husband -- indeed, to every person whose life he touched, uplifted, encouraged, molded, and improved. I hope he's one of the acquaintances I met on earth who becomes a better friend when I see him again -- in heaven.
Blessings to Coach's beloved family.
We want Jack's family to know that it was an honor to answer "Here!" when
Kerr County Aggies gathered for annual
Aggie Muster last night (April 21st)and
had Roll Call. His candle shown bright,
and we will never forget him.
John E. Gumert '57
Great Opponent and a great teammate.
Baltimore Colts/Washington Redskins
I salute a great Aggie and American who always made me proud to say I am a "Fightin Texas Aggie." Rest in peace Jack Pardee. You have always been a role model to me and many others. Your light will always shine.
I was a friend of Sue's at Notre Dame Academy, many yesrs ago. I have fond memories of a great man~whether spending time in Middleburg or going to Redskins games.
My thoughts and prayers are with Sue, and the entire Pardee family.
sorry for your loss,happy are those thristing for righteousness,since they will be filled."..d
Our hearts and thoughts are with you in your loss. He was my brother's coach and then as a salesman came by our office everytime he came to Midland. What wonderful memories we have of those times together. Heaven is celebrating. May God continue to bless your family
May God Rest Your Soul and we pray for his family.
While it is true that Jack was a great football player and coach he was a superb person and a fabulous friend. We have lost one of the truly decent human beings I have ever met. He and Phyllis were truly sole mates and my love and prayers go out to Phyllis .
Sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I met him a couple of times when he came to visit his brother his wife a nd kids jack;michael and I don't remember the youngest boys name as I grew up with them. But your dad always found time to throw the football around with all the kids of our neighborhood. May he rip. Don't know what happened with jack or michael or the younger brother but they were there for me when my mother died.
God bless you and your family
Marilyn martin harris
The Pardee Family were splendid gypsies of pro football, devotedly following Jack anywhere football took him. As a football vagabond myself in the 70s, my siblings and me were lucky enough to be embraced by this strong loving family that appreciated the unlikely phenomenon of "the Over the Hill Gang". Many of my fondest childhood memories were of times visiting and vacationing with them. The Pardee kids modeled for us how to be football brats; celebrating new experiences with a core enthusiasm for Family and Father.
Jack, of course, was the fountainhead. With a wink of his eye and a healthy streak for mischief-making, he relished a chance to tell a joke, role-play, or be someone's foil. Readily partaking in our competitions and adventures alike, he was a strong ally for merriment and recreation.(Translation: you definitely wanted him on your side!) Like most of the men on that '72 team, a giant kid off the field and a giant on it.
Here's to the man that most remember as a great coach and player; and he was. But what I remember him for was his love for family and kids. And when the pro accolades fade away, what matters is the man as himself. --- Way to live life well, Jack!
Thank you for the memories, the masculine model, and the legacy for many kids and grand-kids. May your family be Comforted in their times of mourning. --- And don't forget to pick us to be on your team when we, who are called, all meet up with you in the air!
What a Blessing to have known Jack. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Fond memories of you opening your home to us.
Jack Pardee was a quiet yet wonderful person, with a beautiful family. He has always had a special place in my heart. Heaven is lucky to have Jack Pardee.
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
May the God of all confort be with your family at this time of sorrow. Knowing other care help you to deal with your loss. Psalms 55:22
May the God of all comfort and peace be with your dear family.May Jack fond memories stay close to your hearts.
It seems like it was Jack Pardee, Lamar Lundy and Merlin Olson on every tackle or stop. He will not be forgotten in my mind as a football great.
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Jack. May he rest in peace. Romans 15:33.
Offering my deepest condolences during this difficult time, I'm so very sorry for your loss, death is something we are never prepared for, but please find comfort in knowing sickness, pain and death will one day be no more.
My deep sympathy to the Pardee family. God invites you to draw close to him and he will draw close to you. Ja. 4:8
Jack was one heck of a good football player. My condolence goes out to his family. RIP Jack Larry Workman
Memories...of good football!
FootballTopFan and football fans across the country would like to send our condolences and sympathy to the family and friends of Jack Pardee.
REST IN PEACE (RIP) !!!
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Jack is home at last after giving his best for years. God's Blessings to the family.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
May this great Christian gentleman and fabulous coach live forever with Jesus. My prayers and sympathy are with his family.
Sr. Anna Quinlan
Some of my best childhood memories of my father were made watching Jack Pardee and the Redskins play on Sundays. May the Lord be with the family at this time and always.
May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time in your life. We all yearn for better conditions. it's refreshing to know that God's word speaks of a time when all sorrows will be gone and that mankind will live in beautiful surroundings with nothing to fear.-Isaiah 65;17,21-24 will shed light on this subject.