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19 Oct 2013

Bum Phillips Passes On

Well, this pretty much sucks. Ex-Oilers coach Bum Phillips passed away Friday night at 90.

Here's an NFL Films special on Bum if you, like me, weren't around to be an NFL fan in Bum's heyday.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 19 Oct 2013

9 comments, Last at 22 Oct 2013, 6:01pm by Will Allen


by serutan :: Sat, 10/19/2013 - 3:57pm

Bum was a dash of color in what had already become a
"man in the gray flannel suit" league in the 70s.

Was (sometimes still is) wr

by LionInAZ :: Sun, 10/20/2013 - 12:18pm

Now it's more of a 'black pinstripe suit' league, but I share your sentiment.

by Mike B. In Va :: Mon, 10/21/2013 - 2:35pm

It's really more of an orange jumpsuit league at this point.

by buzzorhowl (not verified) :: Sat, 10/19/2013 - 6:38pm

I've been watching football since I was 4 (1980 season), and I don't remember much from my early childhood years, but I remember Bum. Even a 6 year old was gonna notice that guy.

by Jerry :: Sat, 10/19/2013 - 6:54pm

As a Pittsburgh fan when Bum and the Oilers were banging on the door, it was easy to respect Houston and even have some affection for Bum. It's a shame that we rarely see coaches like him any more.

by Insancipitory :: Sat, 10/19/2013 - 7:33pm

90 years is a good run. The man passed away a beloved legend, his legacy forever changing the face of the NFL, and his lingering concern was to help more kids. That's a fantastic life.

by Jerry :: Sun, 10/20/2013 - 2:11am

Well said.

by Mike B. In Va :: Mon, 10/21/2013 - 2:37pm

Sad that his former employer passed on, as well.

by Will Allen :: Tue, 10/22/2013 - 6:01pm

I'd pay a decent sum to have the recordings of all the conversations between Bum Phillips and Bud Adams.