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Bum Phillips Dies

Bum Phillips Dies

  Former Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints head coach Bum Phillips has died at the age of 90, 1200 WOAI news reports.

 

  Phillips' son, former Dallas Cowboys Head Coach and current Oilers Defensive

Coordinator Wade Phillips tweeted 'Bum is gone to heaven' when the Texas football legend passed away.

 

  Phillips died at his ranch in Goliad.

 

  He was born Oail Andrew Phillips Jr. in Orange, and he was known for his blue jeans, boots, and white Stetson hat, which he refused to wear in the Astrodome because he thought it was disrespectful to wear a hat indoors.

 

  Phillips is best known as head coach of the Oilers during their 'love ya blue' heyday of the 1970s, when he cracked 'The Dallas Cowboys may be America's team, but the Oilers are Texas' team.'

 

  Phillips was a U.S. Marine Raider during World War Two, joining right after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

 

  Phillips was an assistant coach for the legendary Bear Bryant at Texas A&M and for Hayden Fry at SMU. 

 

  After leaving head coaching in the 1980s, Phillips became a radio and TV analyst and was a spokesman for various companies.

 

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