Bum Phillips, who coached the Houston Oilers from 1975-1980, has passed away at his Goliad, Texas ranch yesterday. Bum Phillips was ninety years old.
He never won a Super Bowl, but that does not take away the fact he was a great coach. Phillips had a style that fans loved, he coached the way he wanted and was not at all interested what people thought, his actions spoke for itself.
His style and method of coaching is respected in many sports, even in boxing.
Born in Orange, Texas in 1923, Phillips lived through the Great Depression, served in World War II and was well versed in the game of life, living life on his own terms.
Phillips gained his knowledge of football from the best in the game, he was once an assistant to Bear Bryant at Texas A&M, Bill Yeoman at the University of Houston, and Hayden Fry at SMU.
The San Diego Chargers would hire Phillips as an assistant to Sid Gillman in 1967, giving him even more knowledge of the game.
Phillips would come back to Texas as Gillman's defensive coordinator with the Oiler's in 1974, after that season, Gillman resigned, and Phillips would be named general manager and coach from 1975 through 1980.
As the Oiler's head coach, Phillips lead the team to three playoffs and two appearances in the AFC Championships. The Oiler's would lose twice in the AFC Championships to the tough Pittsburgh Steelers.
Phillips would go on to coach the New Orleans Saints, from 1981, resigning in 1985 after a win over the Minnesota Vikings.
If there were a figure of what Texas should be, Bum Phillips would be one of them, just like his memoirs, "Bum Phillips: Coach, Cowboy, Christian," he marks his place in history, leaving a legacy that will live forever.
Bum Phillips spent his final years at his 400-acre ranch in Goliad, Texas, a small town Southwest of Houston. His ethic of hard work and long days would continue at the ranch.
Simply said, Bum Phillips lived his life on his own terms, he leaves this life having lived a full and rich life. His legacy in football will continue through his son Wade, who would often seek the advice of his legendary father.
You can help continue Bum's work, by donating to Bum Phillips Charities, located at 2981 S. Riverdale Lane, Goliad, Texas, 77963. For full details, visit www.bumphillipscharities.com.