Bud Adams

Football Player
Born Jan 3, 1923

Kenneth Stanley "Bud" Adams, Jr. is the owner of the Tennessee Titans' National Football League franchise. He was instrumental in the founding and establishment of the former American Football League. Adams became a charter AFL owner with the establishment of the Titans franchise, which was originally known as the Houston Oilers. He is the senior owner (by time) with his team in the National Football League, a few months ahead of Buffalo Bills' owner Ralph Wilson.… Read More

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  • Texans Middle Linebacker Brian Cushing Nominated For Salute To Service Award
    Houston Chronicle - Nov 06, 2015
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    James Dolan Email Casts Adam Silver In New Light
    Huffington Post Sports - Feb 11, 2015
  • Texans Will Bring In Mike Munchak To Interview For Offensive Line Job
    Houston Chronicle - Jan 10, 2014
  • Titans Will Honor Later Owner Bud Adams By Wearing A Patch On Their Jerseys Rest Of Season
    Fox News - Oct 30, 2013


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Bud Adams.


1923 Birth Born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on January 3, 1923, Adams was the son of K. S. "Boots" Adams and Blanch Keeler Adams. … Read More


1939 16 Years Old Adams's father succeeded the founder Frank Phillips as president of Phillips Petroleum Company in 1939.
1940 17 Years Old Adams graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1940 after lettering in three sports. … Read More


1946 23 Years Old Shortly after his 1946 discharge, Adams was on a trip in which his plane was fogbound in Houston, Texas. … Read More
1949 26 Years Old Adams's uncle William Wayne Keeler, CEO of Phillips Petroleum Company for years, was appointed chief of the Cherokee Nation by President Harry S. Truman in 1949 and served through 1971, when the Cherokee were able to hold their own elections. Keeler was democratically elected and served until 1975. … Read More


1959 36 Years Old Adams soon became interested in owning an NFL team. In 1959, Adams and fellow Texas oilman Lamar Hunt tried to buy the struggling Chicago Cardinals and move them to Texas. … Read More


1966 43 Years Old Adams and the other AFL owners received a tremendous boost in credibility and net worth in 1966 with the merger of the AFL with and into the NFL. … Read More
1968 45 Years Old In 1968 Adams moved his team into the Astrodome, which since 1965 had been the home of the Houston Astros of baseball's National League. … Read More


1987 - 1995 3 More Events
After Adams met several times with then-Nashville mayor Phil Bredesen, they announced a deal to bring the Oilers to Nashville for the 1998 season to a new 68,000-seat stadium (originally called Adelphia Coliseum, now known as Nissan Stadium). … Read More
2001 - 2002 2 More Events
2004 81 Years Old By 2004, Adams and the Predators finally hammered out a mutually acceptable lease agreement. … Read More
2007 84 Years Old As a result of limited on-field success and the subsequent drop in fan support and ticket sales, Adams announced in October 2007 that the Kats would immediately cease operations. … Read More
2009 86 Years Old He attended River Oaks Baptist Church in Houston. He and his wife Nancy Neville Adams were married for 62 years, until her death in February 2009 at the age of 84. … Read More
2011 88 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Multiple conflicts between Adams, Jeff Fisher, and Vince Young led to the latter two being terminated in January 2011.
2013 91 Years Old Adams died of natural causes at his home in Houston at age 90 in 2013.
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