“All indications are that Bud Adams’ death is of natural causes,” Zwerneman tweeted, citing a source. Zwerneman also noted that the source stressed “early indications.”
After serving in World War II, Adams began his professional career in the oil industry, and his company eventually grew into what is now Adams Resources & Energy.
Adams first became involved in football in the 1950s, when he attempted to purchase an NFL franchise. He and Lamar Hunt were instrumental in the formation of the American Football League, with Adams serving as the owner of the Houston Oilers. Adams’ Oilers won the first two AFL titles in 1960 and 1961, but failed to win another title during the team’s tenure in Houston.
The death of Adams comes only days after the passing of former Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips. Adams fired Phillips, a popular figure in the Houston sports scene, after failing to reach the Super Bowl despite three straight postseason appearances. The result was disastrous, as the team fell out of contention for almost a decade and Adams received everlasting animosity from the Oilers’ fan base.
The late Oilers owner campaigned for a city-funded stadium throughout the 1990s, but was opposed by Houston Mayor Bob Lanier. This resulted in Adams moving the team from Houston to Nashville after the 1997 season, where he renamed the team the Tennessee Titans. In the team’s third season in Nashville, they reached Super Bowl XXXIV. It was Adams’ first trip to a Super Bowl, and his first championship game since falling to the Dallas Texans in 1962’s AFL title game.
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