NFL Legend Bum Phillips Passes Away at Age 90

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 18, 2013

Former Houston Oilers head coach Bum Phillips has passed away at the age of 90.

Bum was the father of former Dallas Cowboys head coach and current Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who broke the news.

Phillips coached the Oilers for six years (1975-80), amassing a 55-35 overall recording, including 4-3 in the playoffs, according to Only once did Houston have a losing record during that span. After leaving the Oilers, Phillips moved to the New Orleans Saints, where he had a 27-42 record between 1981 and 1985.

He also was a coach for a number of universities in Texas and defensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers. It was his time with the Oilers, though, that most fans associate with Phillips.

Aside from being a legendary coach, Phillips was also a bit of a character. He'd often wear cowboy hats and boots on the sideline. 

With the passing of such a beloved figure, the tributes are pouring out.

One of Phillips' former players, center Carl Mauck, talked about his days playing for Houston, via Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston.

Robert Flores of ESPN remembered the days of the former coach prowling the Oilers' sideline.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle said no coach is more adored in the city of Houston than Phillips.

Sports Illustrated's Peter King offered his thoughts as well.

ESPN's Anish Shroff featured an entertaining quote from Phillips regarding the Wonderlic test.

The NFL has lost a great man and a great coach.