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Parmer helped build '85 Bears

Updated: April 20, 2005, 4:49 PM ET
By Chris Mortensen | ESPN Insider

Jim Parmer, former running back for the Philadelphia Eagles and a chief scout who was instrumental in building the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears, died early Wednesday in Lubbock, Texas. Parmer just turned 79.

Parmer died of natural causes, according to his grandson, Jeff Ireland, who was just recently named as the personnel director for the Dallas Cowboys.

"I guess it's ironic that he died during draft week -- he spent 35 years as a scout," said Ireland. "He was my inspiration. ...

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