Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Oail Andrew "Bum" Phillips, the former coach
of the Houston Oilers during the infamous "Luv Ya Blue" years, passed away on
Friday. He was 90.
"Bum is gone to Heaven-loved and will be missed by all -great Dad, Coach, and
Christian," son Wade Phillips, the defensive coordinator for the Houston
Texans, said via Twitter.
Bum Phillips became head coach of the Oilers in 1975. During his time with the
organization, he led the team to a 55-35 record with three consecutive playoff
appearances (1978-80). It was during this time that the term "Luv Ya Blue"
ushered in the excitement of the franchise with pom-poms waiving by fans at
Known for his trademark cowboy hat on the sidelines, Phillips led the Oilers
to back-to-back AFC Championship Game appearances, losing to the Steelers in
1978 and '79.
Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell was a big part of the Oilers after he was
drafted in part by Phillips, who was then fired in 1980. Phillips went on to
coach the New Orleans Saints in 1981 and stayed with the team until retiring
Phillips' final record stands at 82-77.
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