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Mike Singletary thought the world of Buddy Ryan

Chicago Bears linebacker Mike Singletary  competes in a flag-football legends  game during 2005 Pro Bowl week in Ko Olina, Honolulu February 11, 2005.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Former Chicago Bears linebacker Mike Singletary competes in a flag-football legends game during 2005 Pro Bowl week (Getty Images)

ESPN "30 for 30" aired a preview of "The '85 Bears" back in January, and afterward conducted a panel discussion featuring some players from that team. Here's what Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary had to say about his recent visit to see Buddy Ryan, the defensive coordinator on what's widely regarded as the best defense of all time, as excerpted from a Chicago Tribune article. Ryan had suffered a stroke and was fighting cancer:

“I think all of us know of someone in our life, whether it’s a grandparent, an uncle, a big brother, who meant so much to you," Singletary said. "And you can never say how much you appreciate it. Having the opportunity to go back the couple years and sit down with Buddy and look into his eyes, knowing that there’s so much that he wants to communicate but he really can’t, it’s just very difficult to put into words. But I love Buddy Ryan. And I’ve told him that many, many times.”

 

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