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    All time great Ram dies today-RIP Jack Pardee

    Jack Pardee died today at age 76. Pardee is one of the all time great Rams linebackers. He played 169 games for us from 1957-1970. In terms of where he stands in all time great Rams outside linebackers, i would put him behind Isiah Robertson, but would certainly be in consideration with all others (including Maxie Baughan, Pisa, Jim Youngblood and possibly Kevin Greene, but i personally think he was really just a pass rusher and was overated as an all around linebacker). From an inside linebacker standpoint, you have to consider Les Richter, Hacksaw Reynolds and Carl Ekern (all ahead of London Fletcher, although hopefully James Laurainitis will join that group some day with enough longevity and top tier performance). As a side note, i count Don Paul more of a center than a linebacker, although he would be worthy of a mention as well.

    In any event, RIP Jack Pardee and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

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    Re: All time great Ram dies today-RIP Jack Pardee

    Thanks GC for posting the passing of Jack Pardee, one of my first Rams heroes.

    Indeed, Pardee played 13 seasons for the L.A. Rams (1957-70, minus '65) and I remember reading an article ca. 1968 about him being the most underrated LB in the NFL. He had 17 INTs as a Rams defender and was just a hard nosed, old school grunt, albeit known as a quiet and nice person off the field.

    Pardee was a member of the elite Rams defense of 1966-70 before moving with his friend and Coach George Allen to play two more years with the Redskins' "Over the Hill Gang". He then coached several years in the WFL, CFL and NFL, including some winning years at the helm of the Redskins (NFL Coach of the Year 1979) and the Oilers.

    Coach Fisher was DC for the Houston Oilers and worked with HC Pardee in 1994.


    Sincerest condolences to his family and friends for the loss of their loved one.

    Jack Pardee
    1936-2013

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    Re: All time great Ram dies today-RIP Jack Pardee

    Jorge, i knew you would chime in on this one! There arent many of us on the board old enough to remember Jack Pardee. You and I are truly keepers of the flame when it comes to the stars of the 50's and 60's (in addition of course to the cleveland guys). I believe that you may be the only one on the board who actually saw waterfield and van brocklin play!

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    Re: All time great Ram dies today-RIP Jack Pardee

    Coincidentally, today is the (34th) anniversary of Carroll Rosenblooms death.
    For those of you who don't know who he is, or much about him, I'd recommend checking him out on Wikipedia. I'm biased, but I think as an NFL pioneer and Owner he's not gotten the recognition he deserved.
    "the Heart Lies and the Head Plays Tricks with us, but the Eyes See True".

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    Re: All time great Ram dies today-RIP Jack Pardee

    Great point Vegas. No question Rosenbloom was a pioneer of the sport, especially in terms of the explosion of the league through television. He was a major Rozelle ally in terms of expanding the game through national tv contracts. One of the big reasons that Rosenbloom didnt get more recognition was the later problems that he had with Rozelle over his own gambling and subsequent tax problems. Frankly, i dont think Carroll would have gotten away with a lot of the stuff today that he pulled in his era. Way too much gambling and association with gamblers, in addition to the moving around of assets (including the rams) to avoid the IRS.

    Lots of stories around that death, did Georgia fail to save him when he had the heart attack in the surf? Many theories around that one.

    May Carroll Rosenbloom RIP. He is prominently displayed in the owners section of my museum, i have many terrific signed items, including two or three with the very rare full signature (most of what he signed is simply signed Carroll) and i even have the two oldest known original photos of him (taken in 1928 when he was an end on the Univ of Pennsylvania football team). His death was a tragic loss for the Rams.

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    Re: All time great Ram dies today-RIP Jack Pardee

    Quote Originally Posted by general counsel View Post
    Jorge, i knew you would chime in on this one! There arent many of us on the board old enough to remember Jack Pardee. You and I are truly keepers of the flame when it comes to the stars of the 50's and 60's (in addition of course to the cleveland guys). I believe that you may be the only one on the board who actually saw waterfield and van brocklin play!

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    I would like to be thought of as a keeper of the flame as well. As a fan of the Rams for 46 years I've got a few memories that continue to resonate. In fact, your inside LB group failed to include Marlin McKeever and Myron Pottios, who if memory serves was traded to the Rams for McKeever. On the outside George Andrews had some good years during the Isaiah Robertson era. I share your sympathies for the Pardee family. Nice post, GC.

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    Re: All time great Ram dies today-RIP Jack Pardee

    Being Born & raised in So Cal (Ventura & LA Counties, respectively), I was raised a LA teams fan. UCLA, Rams, Dodgers, Snakers & Kings... My dads fave player was Slingin' Sammy Baugh. But I barely remember those days. As I was born in 51'. But I do remember Jack Pardee well, reading your descriptions brings back many memories. Condolences to Jacks family and friends, he had many fans. RIP you will be missed! Also thanks for posting gc.

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    Re: All time great Ram dies today-RIP Jack Pardee

    MDE, you are hereby officially named Grand Poobah of the Keeper of the Flame Committee. 46 years is an awful long time. That puts you three years ahead of me as a Rams fan. My first memory of watching the Rams is the 1969 playoff game vs the vikings.

    By the way, i thought by now someone would have mentioned Bob Brudzinski.

    Committee meetings will be convened as we all move forward together as Rambros!

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    Re: All time great Ram dies today-RIP Jack Pardee

    Quote Originally Posted by general counsel View Post
    MDE, you are hereby officially named Grand Poobah of the Keeper of the Flame Committee. 46 years is an awful long time. That puts you three years ahead of me as a Rams fan. My first memory of watching the Rams is the 1969 playoff game vs the vikings.

    By the way, i thought by now someone would have mentioned Bob Brudzinski.

    Committee meetings will be convened as we all move forward together as Rambros!

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    GC, I gracefully accept your designation, but I'm sure there are some others on this site who can rival my loyalty. Kudos to you for Bob Brudzinski, yes out of Ohio State. I faintly recall he left the Rams in a trade as he held-out of training camp for contract issues. In short, not a happy parting of the ways.

    Ah, the '69 playoff game against the Vikings, that was the Joe Kapp leaping over a Ram defender falling to the ground debacle. We had a few of those against the Vikes back then. My salvation was that the Fearsome Foursome were far more known than the Purple People Eaters.

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    Re: All time great Ram dies today-RIP Jack Pardee

    Well, since this thread now includes LBs of old that also played with Jack Pardee...

    In his honor and remembrance, other Rams linebacker teammates of his era:

    * TONY GUILLORY (1965, '67-68), a fine, roughed 'Special Teams Specialist' (Coach Allen was instrumental in delevoping ST). Guillory almost single handedly saved the '67 season during the before-last game at home vs the champion Green Bay squad. Late in the 4th Qtr. the Rams deploy their entire defense against Donnie Anderson as he attempts to punt.

    Guillory breaks through the middle and reaches just enough to block the punt. Seven Rams follow closely (Jack Pardee was covering the left side). DB Claude Crabb recovers the ball but despite being the only Packer there, Anderson manages to bring Crabb down at the five yard line. Two plays later the Rams offense scores the winning TD. The Coliseum goes wild along with the celebrating Rams as they carry their HC off the field in victory. What a memorable mega moment!

    The Rams also won the last game that year vs the mighty Colts to take the NFL Western Conference and on to the playoffs. Yes indeed. Pardee was there. GC used a most proper title here: All-time great Ram.

    To read more about the above play by TG, go to: Sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1080685/1/index.htm.



    In this poor resolution image you can still see Guillory (88, center and falling down after blocking the punt) accompanied by several oncoming Rams. Somehow Anderson, the Packers punter, runs in front of Claude Crabb (49) -- who has just picked up the ball -- and stops him at the five yard line. Pardee had rushed from the left side but is out of frame in this shot.



    * JIM PURNELL (1969-72), a depth LB that played a part in the formidable Rams D of the mid-late 60s, early 70s.

    * LES RICHTER (1954-62), NFL HOF ironman linebacker, a true hit man.




    * DOUG WOODLIEF (1965-69), ditto as Purnell. Solid linebacker.


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    Guillory, Purnell, & Woodlief. Pardee, Baughan blitzing. Pardee and Coach Allen. Clic on images.
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    Re: All time great Ram dies today-RIP Jack Pardee

    Pardee (32) in action vs Philadelphia, 1967. Six Rams meet at ball carrier, asap.

    Safety Eddie Meador is in the middle of the attack. LB Doug Woodlief (57) joins in to reinforce the stop. Next to Meador is possibly DT Roger Brown; under the Eagles RB is another Rams defender and at bottom right is Deacon.


    Clic on image.
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