Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams, who helped found the American Football League and whose battles for players helped lead to the merger with the NFL, has died. He was 90.
The team announced Monday that Adams “passed away peacefully from natural causes.”
The son of a prominent oil executive, Adams built his own energy fortune and founded the Houston Oilers. He moved the team to Tennessee in 1997 when he couldn’t get the new stadium he wanted in Houston. The franchise, renamed the Titans, in 2000 reached the Super Bowl that Adams had spent more than three decades pursuing.
Adams’ 409 wins were the most of any current NFL owner. He notched his 400th career win in the 2011 season finale when his Titans defeated the team that replaced his Oilers in Houston, the Texans. His franchise made 21 playoff appearances in 53 seasons, eighth among NFL teams since 1960.
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“I consider Bud one of the founders of the game of professional football because of his role in helping to create the American Football League,” Dallas owner Jerry Jones said in a statement.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called Adams a pioneer and innovator.
“As a founding owner of the American Football League that began play in 1960, Bud saw the potential of pro football and brought the game to new cities and new heights of popularity, first in Houston and then in Nashville,” Goodell said in a statement.
BRADLEY LOSES DAD
Jaguars coach Gus Bradley has left the team following his father’s death.
Bradley flew home to Zumbrota, Minn., on Monday to be with his family, turning interim coaching duties over to secondary coach DeWayne Walker. Bradley’s father, Roy James Bradley, died Sunday night following a lengthy illness. He was 85.
Gus Bradley, the youngest of six children, is expected to rejoin the team in London, possibly as early as Wednesday. The Jaguars (0-7) were flying to London later Monday and spending the week there before playing defending NFC champion San Francisco.
Bradley was Seattle’s defensive coordinator the previous four years.
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