Bud Adams

American Football player Bud Adams

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.
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Texans middle linebacker Brian Cushing nominated for Salute to Service Award
Houston Chronicle - over 2 years
Texans middle linebacker Brian Cushing has been nominated for the annual Salute to Service Award given to an NFL player committed to honoring and supporting the military community. The award, presented by the USAA and the NFL, will announce finalists in January, with the winner to be recognized at the NFL Honors awards show in San Francisco before Super Bowl 50. Cushing’s foundation held a charity benefit to assist military veterans and their families, raising more than $250,000. Past winners of the award include Carolina Panthers defensive end Jared Allen, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, Carolina Panthers cornerback Charles Tillman and the late Tennessee Titans and Oilers owner Bud Adams, a World War II veteran. aaron.wilson@chron.com twitter.com/AaronWilson_NFL  
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James Dolan Email Casts Adam Silver in New Light
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
To the surprise of no one, New York Knicks inheritor James L. Dolan proved himself a bully and a jerk this week when he sent an email to a lifelong Knicks fan calling him a miserable person and an "alcoholic maybe." To further call his own intelligence into question, Dolan then told the fan (addressed as Mr. Bierman) to "start rooting for the Nets because the Knicks don't want you." While the actions taken by Dolan come as no shock, the lack of action taken by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver creates a state of bewilderment. Firstly, someone should remind Dolan that rooting for the Nets is a statistical upgrade over his woeful Knickerbockers. In fact, rooting for any other team would be an upgrade, as Dolan's Knicks currently have the worst record in the entire Basketball Association. Perhaps Dolan was trying to do Mr. Bierman a favor. More likely, Dolan was just proving himself thoughtless and shortsighted, two traits that come as no revelation to any resident of the five boroug...
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Texans will bring in Mike Munchak to interview for offensive line job
Houston Chronicle - about 4 years
Texans owner Bob McNair hired his new head coach from Penn State, and now he might be getting one of the greatest players in Nittany Lions history. Coach Bill O’Brien, who coached Penn State the last two seasons, will interview Mike Munchak on Friday about becoming the Texans’ offensive line coach. Munchak played for coach Joe Paterno at Penn State from 1978-81 and interviewed for the school’s head coaching job after he was fired last week as the Tennessee Titans’ head coach. On Thursday, O’Brien hired Ohio State assistant Mike Vrabel, who won three Super Bowl rings as a linebacker with New England, to coach the Texans’ linebackers. O’Brien wants to have some assistants with NFL experience. Vrabel played 14 years in the NFL, including eight with the Patriots. If he gets Munchak, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, for his offensive line and Romeo Crennel as his defensive coordinator, O’Brien will have two former NFL head coaches on his staff. If O’Brien hires Munch...
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Titans will honor later owner Bud Adams by wearing a patch on their jerseys rest of season
Fox News - over 4 years
The Tennessee Titans will be wearing a patch on their jerseys the rest of the season honoring their late owner Bud Adams starting Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.
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Commissioner Roger Goodell, Texans owner Bob McNair among NFL dignitaries at Bud Adams’ memorial service
Houston Chronicle - over 4 years
Oilers/Titans owner Bud Adams would have been pleased at some of the stories told at his memorial service today at Second Baptist Church. Adams, who died at 90 last week, also would have been pleased with a turnout that included NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and owners like Bob McNair, Clark Hunt (Kansas City), Jerry Richardson (Carolina), Tom Benson (New Orleans) and Michael Bidwill (Arizona). Dr. Ed Young presided over the service. Joe Browne, Adams’ close friend from the NFL, and Mike Munchak, the Titans’ coach who has been with the organization since 1982, gave the eulogies. “It’s a big loss,” Goodell said. “Bud was such a big part of our history. He had such a unique perspective on the sport. “Bud was a great sportsman. He loved pro football. He loved playing such a big role in the development of the sport. He liked to reach out and share his views on football, where we came from and the challenges we faced.” McNair attended the service with his wife, Janice. They re...
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Bud Adams memorial service on Monday, Oct. 28
Houston Chronicle - over 4 years
A memorial service for Bud Adams, the owner of the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, will be Monday (Oct. 28) at 1 p.m. at Second Baptist Church at 6400 Woodway in Houston. A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday at George H. Lewis and Sons at 1010 Bering Dr. in Houston. Adams, who brought pro football to Houston as one of the founders of the AFL, was found dead at his River Oaks home this past Monday. Adams’ death came just days after Bum Phillips, the coach of some of Adams’ best Oilers teams passed away on Friday. A service for Phillips is at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Oct. 29) at Lakewood Church, 3700 Southwest Freeway in Houston.
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Friends recall Adams’ devotion to football
Houston Chronicle - over 4 years
Tennessee Titans owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, the longtime Houston resident whose death at age 90 was announced Monday, was remembered fondly by colleagues and friends who spanned his lifetime in pro football. Adams, who founded the Oilers in 1960 as one of the charter teams of the American Football League and moved the franchise to Tennessee after the 1996 season, died at his home in River Oaks from what was believed to be natural causes. “Bud Adams played a pivotal role in the growth of pro football as a pioneer and innovator,” said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. “(He) 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 a 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 team’s impact in community relations and philanthropy set a stand...
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Bob Lanier on Bud Adams: ‘two old fighters … developed a friendly relationship’
Houston Chronicle - over 4 years
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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Tennessee Titans' Bud Adams dies
CNN - over 4 years
K.S. "Bud" Adams Jr., the founder and owner of the Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers football franchise and a co-founder of the American Football League, died Monday morning at his home in Houston, the team said.
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NFL commissioner: Bud Adams a ‘pioneer and innovator’
Houston Chronicle - over 4 years
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement: “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 team’s 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.”
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bud Adams
  • 2013
    Age 90
    Adams died of natural causes at his home in Houston at age 90 in 2013.
  • 2011
    Age 88
    He gained his 400th career victory in the 2011 season finale when his Titans defeated the team that replaced his Oilers in Houston, the Texans.
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    Multiple conflicts between Adams, Jeff Fisher, and Vince Young led to the latter two being terminated in January 2011.
  • 2009
    Age 86
    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.
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  • 2007
    Age 84
    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.
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  • 2004
    Age 81
    By 2004, Adams and the Predators finally hammered out a mutually acceptable lease agreement.
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  • 2002
    Age 79
    They then won the AFC South in the 2002 season with an 11-5 record and made it as far as the Conference Championship, falling to a high powered, hard hitting Oakland Raiders team at the McAfee Coliseum. After the 2003 season the team advanced only to the AFC Divisional Playoffs, losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. 2005 was the team's worst season since its arrival in Tennessee, and it finished with an overall record of 4 - 12.
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  • 2001
    Age 78
    In 2001, Adams purchased the rights to operate an Arena Football League expansion franchise in Nashville for a reported $4 million.
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  • 1998
    Age 75
    With the team at its new stadium, the following year was one of major changes. During the 1998 season, Adams announced that the team would change its name to one better suited for its new home, the addition of navy blue to the team's color scheme, and that the team would be considered the continuation of the former Oilers franchise, allowing them to retain all their team records.
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    As a result, Adams scrapped plans to play the 1998 season at the Liberty Bowl, and opted to play at Vanderbilt instead.
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    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).
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  • 1995
    Age 72
    When the move was announced shortly after the end of the 1995 season, Adams's opponents in Houston attempted to block the move.
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  • 1993
    Age 70
    After Adams made good on a threat to hold a fire sale if the Oilers did not make the Super Bowl after the 1993 season, the Oilers finished with the worst record in franchise history a year later.
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  • 1987
    Age 64
    In 1987, Adams threatened to move the Oilers to Jacksonville, Florida (now the home to the Jaguars) unless significant improvements were made to the Astrodome.
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  • 1968
    Age 45
    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.
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  • 1966
    Age 43
    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.
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  • 1959
    Age 36
    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.
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  • 1949
    Age 26
    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.
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  • 1946
    Age 23
    Shortly after his 1946 discharge, Adams was on a trip in which his plane was fogbound in Houston, Texas.
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  • 1940
    Age 17
    Adams graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1940 after lettering in three sports.
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  • 1939
    Age 16
    Adams's father succeeded the founder Frank Phillips as president of Phillips Petroleum Company in 1939.
  • 1923
    Age 0
    Born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on January 3, 1923, Adams was the son of K. S. "Boots" Adams and Blanch Keeler Adams.
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