Eddy funeral Wednesday
Services for Checotah resident Jim Eddy, a former NFL coach and cattle rancher, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Checotah. Garrett Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Checotah are in charge of arrangements. Eddy was 80.
Eddy, who lived in Checotah, coached from 1968 through 1996, a career that started at New Mexico State and weaved through several Canadian Football League teams and then through the Houston Oilers and the Dallas Cowboys, where he was a defensive assistant for two Super Bowl teams in 1993 and 1995 seasons.
He was also defensive coordinator for the Oilers in 1993 when Buffalo backup quarterback Frank Reich threw three second-half touchdown passes to Andre Reed as the Bills scored a 41-38 victory in overtime after trailing, 35-3, early in the third quarter. It was the greatest comeback in NFL history, and it was accomplished against a unit that ranked fourth in total defense.