Jets Rex Ryan got first coaching job thanks to daddy
Before Rex Ryan became the irresistible face of the New York City tabloids, jabbing at Peyton Manning and Bill Belichick, he was merely a 24-year-old football junkie who needed his first real job in the game. In 1987, Roy Kidd, 79, was working at his Eastern Kentucky University office when his secretary told him that Buddy Ryan, the Philadelphia Eagles head coach, was on the phone. Kidd had never met Ryan — Rex or Buddy. “His dad asked if I had any openings,” Kidd said
. “I told him I didn’t have any for a full-time guy, but I had one for a graduate assistant.” Sold.