HOUSTON, TX – Hundreds of family, friends, and fans attended the burial mass at St. Michael Catholic Church in Houston for Jack Pardee who died April 1 at the age of 76. He was one of the Junction Boys for Texas A&M coach Bear Bryant who went on to play and coach professional football. He coached two of Houston’s pro teams, the Gamblers and the Oilers. And he led the Houston Cougars when Andre Ware won the Heisman.
“He just kind of taught me how to be me through the way he lived his life,’ Ware said. ‘I think that`s the ultimate compliment you can pay somebody is that you want to live the way he lived.”
As Jack Pardee’s family and friends were saying goodbye, basketball`s Hall of Fame was finally saying hello to University of Houston legendary coach Guy V. Lewis who led the cougars to twenty-seven consecutive winning seasons, 14 trips to the Big Dance, 5 Final Four appearances, and 2 championship games with his Phi Slamma Jamma squad.
Elvin Hayes, the Big E told us the election of Guy Lewis to the Neismith Memorial Hall of Fame is the righting of a big wrong.
“Coach helped me, Drexler, Olajuwon, all of us get there. And sometimes, the bus driver, usually, when you’re sitting on the bus, the bus driver gets to wherever you’re going first, because he’s the one sitting up front. And I think Coach shoulda been there long ago.”
It’s pretty easy to tell from former players and friends that Guy Lewis was a hall of famer without the Hall of Fame. This only makes it official.