Buddy Ryan battling cancer
Posted by Michael David Smith on March 23, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT
APJets coach Rex Ryan said Tuesday that his dad, former NFL coach Buddy Ryan, is battling cancer.

Its going to take more than this to get rid of him, Rex Ryan told the New York Daily News. Thats what he always says.

Rex Ryan did not say what type of cancer his dad has, other than to say it is not melanoma, which Buddy Ryan has had twice before.

Hes 80 years old, but hes doing great. Hes tougher than s, Rex Ryan said. Hes had other things in his life. He overcame encephalitis. Hes overcome cancer twice. Hes tough.

Buddy Ryan coached in the NFL for three decades as head coach of the Eagles and Cardinals, defensive coordinator of the Bears, Vikings and Oilers, and linebackers coach of the Jets.