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NFL Titans Owner Bud Adams, ‘Foolish Club’ Member, Dies at 90

Titans Owner Bud Adams
Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams stands on the sideline prior to a game against the Detroit Lions on September 23, 2012 in Nashville. Adams has died at the age of 90. Photographer: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Tennessee Titans owner K.S. “Bud” Adams died at his home in Houston this morning, the National Football League team said in a statement. He was 90.

Adams helped found the American Football League 54 years ago as a member of the self-proclaimed “Foolish Club” of eight men who’d been denied NFL franchises. His Houston Oilers won two AFL titles before the leagues merged in 1966.

In 1995, after a feud with Houston over using public money for a new stadium, Adams reached an agreement to move the team to Tennessee, renaming the club beginning in the 1999 season.

Adams’ death comes three days after that of former Oilers coach Bum Phillips, also 90. Phillips led the Oilers to two American Football Conference championship games.

Adams served in the Navy during World War II before founding the ADA Oil Company, a forerunner of Adams Resources & Energy Inc. His wife of 62 years, Nancy, died in 2009. They had two daughters, Susie Smith and Amy Strunk; a son, Kenneth S. Adams III, who is deceased; and seven grandchildren.

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