Tennessee Titans owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, who brought professional football to Houston before moving the Oilers to their eventual home in Nashville, has died. He was 90.
The NFL announced the news of Adams’ death, although it was first reported by Hearst News Services, which said the early indications are he died of natural causes.
Adams was a member of the so-called Foolish Club that along with Dallas millionaire Lamar Hunt created the American Football League. Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson is the only surviving co-founder of that group.
Adams’ death came less than three days after that of former Oilers coach Bum Phillips, with whom he will be forever linked. Adams fired Phillips in 1980, bringing the club’s “Luv Ya Blue” era to an end.
Adams’ Oilers were the first team to play their games indoors, at the Astrodome. Unable to procure a new, city-funded stadium in Houston, Adams made the highly controversial decision to leave and moved the Oilers to Tennessee after the 1997 season.