Bud Adams Had Big Impact on Nashville - John Dunn
Updated: Wednesday, October 23 2013, 05:34 PM CDT
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With one decision Bud Adams helped change Music City forever. The city's leaders say Adams had a huge impact on the growth of Nashville. "Bud Adams is a very important figure in the history of Nashville," says Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.
The team has re-defined Sunday afternoons for many fans across Middle Tennessee. "Bringing the Titans to Nashville was an enormous event in the history of this city," says Mayor Dean.
While Nashville has always been "Music City," Mayor Karl Dean says Bud Adams' decision to bring professional sports here, put Nashville on a different level. "Having a national football team here has had an incredible impact on the city in terms of the way we look at ourselves, but also the way others look at us," says Mayor Dean.
When the Houston Oilers began talking about a move to Tennessee, Bud Adams called up then Nashville Mayor Phil Bredesen. Bredesen was at first skeptical, but he says Adams convinced him he was committed. "I found him of impeccable character. Everything he said while we were going through a fairly difficult process to get that team here, and the stadium built, everything he said was as good as his word, and I really admired the way he did business," says Bredesen.
Beyond the Titans, Adams has made significant contributions to local charities. Some have said that Adams has done more for Nashville than any other person who has not lived here. "He lived life on his own terms, he lived a long very successful life, and that's worth celebrating," says Bredesen.
Regardless if you're a football fan or not, it's hard to deny the impact the Titans and Bud Adams have made. "He's the guy who elevated this city up to a major league city," says Mayor Karl Dean.
Governor Bill Haslam said that Bud Adams has made a big difference in helping Nashville grow, and added he has also made a significant contribution to the state of Tennessee.
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