Buddy Ryan battling cancer, Rex says

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Buddy Ryan was the Eagles coach from 1986-90. (AP File Photo)

Former Eagles coach Buddy Ryan has been diagnosed with cancer, his son Rex, told the New York Daily News at the NFL owners meetings in New Orleans.

Buddy was recently diagnosed and received a confirmation with additional tests yesterday at a Manhattan hospital.

"It's going to take more than this to get rid of him," Rex Ryan told the newspaper. "That's what he always says."

Rex did not specify what type of cancer his father was diagnosed with "a couple of weeks ago."

"He's 80 years old, but he's doing great. He's tougher than (s---)," Ryan said of his father, who actually turned 77 last month. "He's had other things in his life. He overcame encephalitis. He's overcome cancer twice. He's tough."

Buddy's previous bouts with cancer were melanoma, a form of skin cancer.

"It's something else. I'm not going to get into it," Rex said. "He's a tough old guy. He's getting a second opinion. He should be all right."

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