Tennessee Titans Owner Bud Adams Passes Away
Updated: Wednesday, October 23 2013, 05:34 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tn.--Fox 17 has confirmed Tennessee Titans owner K.S. "Bud" Adams has died at the age of 90. Adams had just released a statement on Saturday about the passing of former Oilers coach Bum Phillips, who passed away on Friday also at the age of 90.
The team confirmed via twitter Adams died "peacefully" at his home in Houston from natural causes. Adams spent 54-years as the Oilers/Titans founder, owner, CEO, president and Chairman of the Board. He was also co-founder of the AFL.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement upon hearing of Adams passing. "Bud Adams played a pivotal role in the growth of pro football as a pioneer and innovator. As a founding owner of the American Football League that began play in 1960, Bud saw the potential of pro football and brought the game to new cities and new heights of popularity, first in Houston and then in Nashville. He was an brilliant entrepreneur with a terrific sense of humor that helped lighten many a tense meeting. His commitment to the best interests of the game and league was unwavering, and his personal along with the teams impact in community relations and philanthropy set a standard for the NFL. Bud was truly a gift to the NFL. We extend our deepest sympathy to his daughters Susan and Amy, and the entire family."
Speaking to reporters, Mayor Karl Dean said the way he will remember Adams is "very gracious, easy to talk to and very low-key. Humble almost." On bringing the NFL to Nashville, Dean stated "win or lose, it's an atmosphere that Nashville loves."