Remembering The Time Buddy Ryan Punched Kevin Gilbride
As a Super Bowl winning defensive coordinator who'd spent nearly thirty seasons on an NFL sideline -- as well as the twenty-plus years his kids have been in the league -- it's safe to say that Buddy Ryan saw just about everything there is to see during a professional football game. That includes the face of his fellow coach moments before a fist landed on it.
Oh ya, and it was his fist.
Buddy Ryan passed away Tuesday night at the age of 82, and while he may be remembered by some for his dominant "46 defense" that helped the 1985 Chicago Bears go 15-1 (they held opponents to just 198 points that entire season), it was his infamous run-in with Kevin Gilbride on the Houston Oilers sideline that came to define the man in the eyes of many.
Read: Buddy Ryan was a hard ass with a temper.
The best part of the entire incident, which went down during his single year in Houston as a coordinator, came years later when an NFL Films crew asked Ryan to explain what had happened. "He came at me so I hit him," Ryan said, at which point we imagine the NFL Films crew promptly packed up their gear and headed home knowing they'd gotten everything they'd needed.
A full recap of the NFL's most publicized coach fight, below...
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