On Monday morning one of the great owners of the American Football League, Bud Adams passed away. Adams was the Owner of the Houston Oilers (Now the Tennessee Titans) and helped found the American Football League whose battles for players helped lead to the merger with the NFL, has died. He was 90.
The team announced Monday that Adams had died, saying he “passed away peacefully from natural causes.”
The son of a prominent oil executive, Adams built his own energy fortune and founded the Houston Oilers. He moved the team to Tennessee in 1997 when he couldn’t get the new stadium he wanted in Houston. The franchise, renamed the Titans, in 2000 reached the Super Bowl after years of near misses for Bud when the team was in Houston.
Adams’ 409 wins were the most of any current NFL owner. He won his 400th career win in the 2011 season finale when his Titans defeated the team that replaced his Oilers in Houston, the Texans. His franchise made 21 playoff appearances in 53 seasons, eighth among NFL teams since 1960.
The Oakland Raiders made a statement on Adams death, saying goodbye to one of the great AFL owners.
“We are deeply saddened by today’s news of the passing of Bud Adams. Mr. Adams was instrumental in the formation and development of the American Football League, the Houston Oilers, the Tennessee Titans and the National Football League and his impact on professional football is immeasurable. Our condolences go out to his daughters Susan and Amy, his entire family and the Titans organization.” —THE OAKLAND RAIDERS
Rest in peace, Bud. I am sure you are up there with Al Davis right now.