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.
Bum is gone to Heaven-loved and will be missed by all -great Dad,Coach, and Christian— Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) October 19, 2013
Phillips coached the Oilers for six years (1975-80), amassing a 55-35 overall recording, including 4-3 in the playoffs, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com. 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.
Former Oilers center Carl Mauck on passing of Bum Phillips: "He was like my dad He was the trail boss. He's the one that drove the herd."— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) October 19, 2013
Robert Flores of ESPN remembered the days of the former coach prowling the Oilers' sideline.
Bum Phillips & those Oiler teams were a big part of my childhood. They never "kicked down the door" but captured a city. #LuvYaBlue— Robert Flores (@RoFloESPN) October 19, 2013
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle said no coach is more adored in the city of Houston than Phillips.
Bum Phillips died after a long illness. He was the greatest and most popular coach in Houston history. Rest in peace, Cowboy.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) October 19, 2013
Sports Illustrated's Peter King offered his thoughts as well.
RIP, Bum Phillips, dad of @sonofbum. Heck of a coach, and one of the great characters in NFL history. So much fun, and so smart.— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) October 19, 2013
ESPN's Anish Shroff featured an entertaining quote from Phillips regarding the Wonderlic test.
Bum Phillips' classic #Wonderlic quote - "Yeah, that test says he's dumb as a fence post, but when he hits he looks like Einstein to me."— Anish Shroff (@AnishESPN) October 19, 2013
The NFL has lost a great man and a great coach.