Bob Lanier on Bud Adams: ‘two old fighters … developed a friendly relationship’
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Former Houston mayor Bob Lanier, whose dispute with Oilers owner Bud Adams over a proposed new stadium was followed by Adams’ decision to move the Oilers to Tennessee, said today in the wake of Adams’ death that time had mellowed their longtime disagreements.
“I remember his bringing the AFL to Houston, the signing of Billy Cannon (in 1960) to give the team a star, when he hired Bum Phillips, when he hired Earl Campbell and when he fired Bum and traded Earl,” Lanier said in a statement.
“After the team left town and a few years had passed, he wrote me a nice letter when I left office. I feel like we are two old fighters that fought in the ring but in their waning years developed a friendly relationship.”
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