(WKYT) - Former NFL coach and defensive pioneer Buddy Ryan has died. He was 82.
Ryan had numerous ties to Kentucky and was living in Shelbyville, Ky. He purchased a farm in Anderson County in 1976 and retired there after leaving coaching in 1995, according to the Herald-Leader.
In 2003 he was inducted in to the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Ryan won a Super Bowl with the Chicago Bears in 1985. Using Ryan’s innovative 46 defense scheme, the team is widely regarded as the best defense in NFL history.
Ryan’s twin sons Rex Ryan and Rob Ryan also are NFL coaches. Rex Ryan began his career as a graduate assistant at Eastern Kentucky and moved on to Morehead State as defensive coordinator. Rob Ryan began his coaching career as an assistant at Western Kentucky.
Buddy Ryan’s health had deteriorated in recent years. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and received treatment at UK Hospital.