One of the most well known and remembered coaches in NFL history has passed away. ESPN reported late on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, that former New Orleans Saints' coach, and legend, Bum Phillips has died at his ranch on Goliad, Texas.
Bum Phillips was 90-years-old.
Houston Texans' defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, Bum's son, confirmed the news of his dad's passing on Twitter. Wade posted:
"Bum is gone to Heaven-loved and will be missed by all - great Dad,Coach, and Christian"
Known so much for his trademark white Stetson hat, Bum Phillips was a respectful and great man and coach. His respect was obvious by how he wouldn't even wear his trademark Stetson when his teams played in an indoor stadium because he had been taught to take his hat off indoors.
Phillips began coaching the Houston Oilers in 1975 and helped lead them to two AFC Championship Games before being fired in 1980. In 1981, he went on to coach the New Orleans Saints who didn't have a winning record during his time in the city before retiring in 1985.
Bum Phillips is survived by his second wife, Debbie, and six children from his first marriage along with nearly a dozen grandchildren.
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