Jack Pardee began his football career playing six-man football in Christoval, Texas. In 1956, Pardee's senior year at Texas A&M, he was co-captain of an undefeated team and was an Academic All-American. He also made the All-SWC and All-America teams that year. Said Aggie coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, "Jack Pardee is the best linebacker I ever had." Pardee played linebacker in the NFL for 15 years with the Los Angeles Rams (1957-1964, 1966-1970) and with the Washington Redskins (1971-1972). Pardee later became a head coach with the Chicago Bears (1975-1977), Washington Redskins (1978-1980), University of Houston Cougars, (1987-1989) and the Houston Oilers (1990-1994). He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.