Titans owner K.S. Bud Adams visits the sideline. (George Walker IV / The Tennessean)
It was a sad day Sunday with the amount of players who suffered season-ending injuries, but the saddest news has come today with word that longtime Tennessee Titans Owner Bud Adams has passed away.
According to Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle and FOX 17 in Nashville, the owner of the Tennessee Titans, K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr. has died in Houston. The owner of the Titans and formerly the Houston Oilers, was one of the charter members of the American Football League and has owned the team since its inception in 1960
Per the team’s official website, Adams entered the 2013 season as his 54th year as Founder, Owner, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of the Titans/Oilers franchise.
An iconic figure in the NFL, Adams is one of the original team owners and co-founder of the American Football League, he has guided his franchise to new heights since relocating to Nashville in 1997, posting six playoff appearances, including an AFC Championship (1999), AFC Central title (2000), two AFC South titles (2002 & 2008), AFC Championship appearance (2002) and Wild Card teams in 2003 and 2007.
In the 17 years from 1987 to 2003, the Oliers/Titans only had 3 losing seasons and two of those three were solid 7-9 seasons. They made the playoffs 11 of those 17 years winning at least one postseason game six times and made it to the Super Bowl in 1999.
The Bengals and Oilers had many memorable battles in the 70s and 80s as the likes of Titans QB Warren Moon and Bengals QBs Boomer Esiason and Kenny Anderson engaged in many shootouts, and the two clubs often fought for playoff positioning in the old AFC Central.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Adams family.