Houston Football Icon Bum Phillips Passes Away at 90
Bum is gone to Heaven-loved and will be missed by all -great Dad,Coach, and Christian
— Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) October 19, 2013
The Phillips family says thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers. They’re asking for privacy.
— Bum Phillips (@BumsCharities) October 19, 2013
Houston football icon Bum Phillips has passed away today at the age of 90 at his home in Goliad, Texas. Phillips is the father of Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and is an original football icon for the city of Houston.
Oail “Bum” Phillips was born in Orange, Texas and attended Lamar University and Stephen F. Austin University where he play football. He made stops in his coaching career at the Texans high schools of Jacksonville, Amarillo High School and Port Neches-Grove. His college resume included Texas A&M, Univeristy of Houston, Southern Methodist University, Oklahoma State and University of Texas at El Paso. He coached under Bear Bryant, Bill Yeoman and Hayden Fry during his college days.
Phillips made his NFL debut as a coach in 1967 as the defensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers and arrived in Houston in the same position in 1974. He made his mark when he was named the Head Coach and General Manager of the Houston Oilers in 1975 which ushered in the “Luv Ya Blue” that took over the city of Houston. Phillips coached 7 seasons in Houston and had a 55-33 overall record that had one division championship in 1980 and a playoff record of 4-3.
It is a sad day for Houston for today they lost one of the most notable faces to ever coach in Houston and he will be missed.