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Meet “Buddy” Ryan – New Defense Coach

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Buddy Ryan with Gerry Philbin (#73) and Kevin Brinkworth (#71) - 1962In 1961, a young Buddy Ryan joined Dick Offenhamer’s UB football staff as the Defensive Line coach. Dick Offenhamer’s program at UB produced several individuals who went on to distinguished professional football careers.

Buddy Ryan would have a long NFL coaching career (1968-1994) for the New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Oilers, and the Arizona Cardinals.

The photo on the left, from 1962, is of Buddy Ryan with starting tackles Gerry Philbin (#73) and Kevin Brinkworth (#71).  Gerry Philbin was on the NY Jets 1968 Super Bowl champion team.  Kevin Brinkworth is a successful lawyer and businessmen and member of the UB Athletics Hall of Fame.

Today, Buddy’s twin sons are both NFL coaches; Rex Ryan works as the head coach of the New York Jets and Rob Ryan works as the defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints.

For more information on Buddy Ryan’s UB coaching career, see “James E. Royer, ‘Buddy’ Ryan Appointed Assistant Coaches,” University of Buffalo Spectrum Newspaper – September 15, 1961; “Cataloging the Coaches,” University of Buffalo Alumni Bulletin – October 1, 1961; “Meet ‘Buddy’ Ryan New Defense Coach,” University of Buffalo Spectrum Newspaper – October 6, 1961; “Defensive Line Coach Buddy Ryan Directs New Weight Program Here,University of Buffalo Spectrum Newspaper – March 23, 1962.

For more information on football at the University at Buffalo, visit the UB Sports History Collection website.

 

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