The late Bum Phillips, a Texas coaching legend who worked wearing a cowboy hat, is being inducted into the ring of honor on Sunday by the team he led to two AFC Championship Game appearances.
In Tennessee. A quarter-century after the franchise left Texas for Music City.
Phillips, who died in October 2013 at the age of 90, is being honored 41 years after he last coached the Houston Oilers -- the franchise now known as the Tennessee Titans. He will be the 15th person inducted into the team's ring of honor.
Phillips coached the Oilers for six seasons between 1975 and 1980 with AFC Championship Game berths in 1978 and 1979 at the height of the "Luv Ya Blue" era. He still has the best winning percentage (.608) of any coach with at least two full seasons with the team, going 59-38 overall with a franchise that hadn't had a winning record in eight seasons.
A bunch of former Oilers are coming to Nashville to help celebrate the franchise founded in Texas in 1960 by the late Bud Adams.
Hall of Famers Warren Moon, Robert Brazile, Elvin Bethea, Charlie Joiner and Ken Houston will also be joined by Billy "White Shoes'' Johnson, Kenny Burrough, Ray Childress and Dan Pastorini as approximately 80 former Oilers are expected for a weekend of activities.
The former players are having dinner with Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk, watching the current team in practice and having brunch before the Titans kick off Sunday against Indianapolis. The former Oilers also will serve as the honorary 12th Titan before kickoff and be recognized during the game.
The Titans keeping the Oilers' history remains a very sore subject in Houston, even with the NFL adding the Texans as an expansion franchise in 2002.
In 1997, Bud Adams moved the franchise to Nashville, where it played as the Tennessee Oilers before being renamed the Titans in 1999.