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Bud Adams Remembered as Visionary

Bud Adams Remembered as Visionary

Hundreds of friends and family members paid tribute to are the late Bud Adams Monday afternoon.  The former Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans owner died last week at age 90.

Among the speakers, NFL executive Joe Browne who talked about Adams' contribution to help fellow oil man Lamar Hunt and others organize the AFL in 1960.

“He said I was the one with the private plane,” said Brown.  “He said if it weren't for him, Lamar would be trying to find a new football league, traveling around the country from city to city in rental cars and changing planes in Atlanta.

“He was one of the brightest and most competitive visionaries in all of pro football, indeed all of pro sports,” said Browne.

Mike Munchak, the Oilers number one pick in 1982, talked about the day Adams hired him to coach the Titans.

“After the interview process was over he called me on the phone and said he always thought that some day I would have the opportunity to be in this position,” said Munchak.  “In typical Mr. Adams fashion, he followed that up with if you don't win, you won't be in it for long.”

Munchak says the franchise has a time line wall honoring the Adams family in Nashville.

“We left a blank space on the wall where we hope the rest of the story will be told someday, obviously a Super Bowl victory,” he said.  “We will continue to work hard each and every day to achieve this goal in honor of Mr. Adams' memory.”

Adams was born into the oil business in Oklahoma.  His father was once president of Phillips Petroleum.

While he brought professional football to Houston, helped merge the AFL and NFL into the league it is today and gave fans the “Luv Ya Blue” era, Adams ultimately moved the Oilers to Tennessee after the 1996 season, three years before going to the Super Bowl as the Titans.

 

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