NFL football coach Buddy Ryan (1931-2016) didn’t hide his opinions. In 1986 training camp when Ryan was head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, he wasn’t impressed with running back Earnest Jackson. Ryan said:
“Trade him for a six pack. It doesn’t even have to be cold.”
Jackson played the season with the Pittsburgh Steelers and went to the Pro Bowl. The Ryan quote has been listed among his most memorable sayings.
Wikipedia: Buddy Ryan
James David “Buddy” Ryan (February 17, 1931 – June 28, 2016) was an American football coach in the National Football League (NFL) and American Football League (AFL). During his 35-season coaching career, Ryan served as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals, and the defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears and Houston Oilers of the NFL.
Wikipedia: Earnest Jackson
Earnest Jackson, Jr. is a former professional American football running back in the National Football League.
24 September 1986, Pittsburgh (PA) Press, “Jackson,” pg. D7, cols. 4-5:
“With Buddy Ryan, the handwriting was on the wall,” agent Harold Lewis said. “he said there were only three things he didn’t like about Earnest: He can’t run, he can’t block and he can’t catch. Right in the middle of practice, Buddy said, ‘Get him out of here. Trade him for a six-pack. It doesn’t even have to be cold.’”
26 September 1986, Los Angeles (CA) Times, “Morning Briefing: Comparably, Ryan Seems Tame,” pt. 3, pg. 2, col. 1:
His (Earnest Jackson—ed.) agent, Harold Lewis, said: “WIth Buddy Ryan, the handwriting was on the wall. Right in the middle of practice, Buddy said, ‘Get him out of here. Trade him for a six-pack. It doesn’t even have to be cold.’”
The 17 greatest Buddy Ryan quotes
By: Luke Kerr-Dineen | June 28, 2016 8:48 am
6. “Trade him for a six pack; it doesn’t even have to be cold.”
Chicago (IL) Tribune
Buddy being Buddy: Memorable Buddy Ryan quotes and incidents
JUNE 28, 2016, 7:26 PM
Buddy Ryan, the architect of the 1985 Bears defense who died Tuesday at 85, was loved by many of his players. But not all. And the cantankerous coach was never afraid to make enemies — even on his own team. A look at some of his memorable words and deeds:
On Eagles running back Earnest Jackson:
“Trade him for a six pack; it doesn’t even have to be cold.”