Buddy Ryan: Former NFL Coach Diagnosed with Cancer for 5th Time
Former NFL coach Buddy Ryan was diagnosed with cancer for the fifth time last week, according to his son and Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
Ryan, who has already overcome melanoma twice, encephalitis and an undisclosed form of cancer this spring, now has cancer in his glands that has spread to his neck, according to his son.
Ryan said he's scheduled to have surgery Sept. 16 in Lexington, Ky., a few days after he watches the Cowboys open their season against his other son Rex Ryan and the New York Jets on Sunday night.
Said Ryan, via ESPN:
"I'm going to be at the game and see my grandkids and I planned on staying longer. But I got to take care of some things."
Ryan has been battling cancer for years now. His battles with melanoma (a dangerous type of skin cancer) were well known and his comeback from encephalitis, an acute inflammation of the brain, was astonishing.
He's going to battle cancer this time around, too.
Said Rob Ryan:
"He knows this is a big thing for him and a big thing for the Ryans. He's about the only guy who's beat cancer about every time. He's been through it about four or five times so I'm sure the prognosis is great for him because he always wins."
Ryan was a defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears in the mid-1980s and helped guide them to a victory in Super Bowl XX. He was also the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles from 1986-90 and the Arizona Cardinals from 1994-95.
Plenty of prayers will be sent out to Ryan before the Cowboys-Jets season-opener on Sunday night.
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