Long-time Arizona Cardinals personnel executive and former Oklahoma State coach Jim Stanley died Thursday at his home in Chandler, Ariz., after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 77.
Stanley served as the Cardinals defensive line coach for one season (1995) before moving into the teams scouting department, where he spent 12 seasons until retiring in 2008.
His coaching career included a six-year tenure as head coach at Oklahoma State. He had a 35-31-2 record while leading the Cowboys from 1973 through 1978.
Football meant so much to Jim Stanley, and he meant so much to all of us who had the pleasure of knowing him, said Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill in a statement. Even in the last year or so that I know had been difficult for him, he was still able to follow the sport closely and I know was very excited earlier this month when Oklahoma State was here for the Fiesta Bowl. All of us at the Cardinals and throughout the football community send our condolences to the entire Stanley ...