Bum Phillips

United States Marine
Born Sep 29, 1923

Oail Andrew "Bum" Phillips is a retired American football coach and the father of Wade Phillips, the Defensive Coordinator for the Houston Texans. "Bum" Phillips coached at the high school, college and professional levels.

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1923 Birth Born on September 29, 1923.


1948 24 Years Old After he returned from the war, Phillips completed the remaining year on his degree at Lamar, and enrolled at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, lettering in football in 1948 and 1949 and graduating with a degree in education in 1949. … Read More


1962 38 Years Old He was the head coach at the University of Texas at El Paso for one season in 1962. … Read More


1973 49 Years Old In 1973, Gillman became head coach of the Houston Oilers, and he brought Phillips with him as his defensive coordinator.


1975 51 Years Old In 1975, Phillips was named head coach and general manager of the Oilers, and he served in that capacity through 1980. … Read More
1978 54 Years Old Under Phillips, the Oilers reached the AFC Championship Game in two consecutive seasons, losing to the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers 34-5 in 1978 and 27-13 in 1979. … Read More
1981 57 Years Old From 1981 through the first 12 games of the 1985 season, he was the head coach of the New Orleans Saints, and as in his coaching tenure with the Oilers, Phillips took off his trademark Stetson inside the Louisiana Superdome.
1983 59 Years Old In 1983, his Saints almost had the first winning season and playoff berth in franchise history. … Read More


1985 61 Years Old Phillips resigned as Saints coach on November 25, 1985, one day after a 30-24 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. … Read More
2001 77 Years Old He was also a spokesman for Hearing Aid Express, a Texas-based hearing aid company, from 2001 until his death, as well as a spokesman for Blue Ribbon Sausage beginning in 1986.
2007 83 Years Old His son, Wade Phillips, has also held assistant and head coaching jobs in the NFL and was the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys from February 2007 to November 2010. … Read More
2010 86 Years Old In 2010, he published his memoirs, Bum Phillips: Coach, Cowboy, Christian.
2013 90 Years Old Phillips died at his ranch in Goliad, Texas, on October 18, 2013, at the age of 90. … Read More
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