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HOUSTON - The family of former Houston Oilers coach Jack Pardee says the NFL defensive great has been diagnosed with gall bladder cancer and has six to nine months to live.

Daughter Anne Pardee confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that the cancer has spread to other organs and that her 76-year-old father plans to move to a Denver hospice. The College Football Hall of Fame inductee's wife, Phyllis, has been receiving care at the same center since having a stroke.

Anne Pardee said her father was in good spirits despite the diagnosis.

Jack Pardee was one of Texas A&M's "Junction Boys" who survived Bear Bryant's severe 1954 preseason training camp to play for the Aggies. He was an All-Pro linebacker who played for the Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins.