Titans owner Bud Adams dies at age 90
Updated On: Oct 21 2013 01:00:17 PM CDT
Former Houston Oilers and current Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams has died at age 90, according to the NFL.
Adams, who was the longest-tenured owner in the NFL, first brought professional football to Houston in 1960 with the Oilers of the American Football League. He and longtime Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt helped form the upstart AFL, which provided a rival to the NFL in the 1960s.
Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson is now the last remaining owner/founder of that original AFL owners, having been with the Bills since their inception in 1960.
The Oilers eventually joined the NFL in 1970 when the AFL was absorbed into the league.
Adams also was responsible for the NFL leaving Houston, taking the Oilers to Tennessee in 1997 after failing to secure public funding for a new stadium in Houston. The team played one season in Memphis, Tenn., before moving to Nashville in 1998. The team was eventually renamed the Tennessee Titans and went to Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000, where they lost to the St. Louis Rams.
Houston remained without an NFL team until the expansion Houston Texans began play in 2002.
According to Adams' bio page on the Titans website, "His success and longevity have led him to accumulate more wins than any other current NFL owner (406). He saw his 400th career win (regular season and playoffs) in the season finale in 2011 at Houston as the Titans defeated the Texans."