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Memorial Tuesday for Ex-Oilers Coach Bum Phillips

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

HOUSTON (AP) Football fans and others who loved Bum Phillips will gather in Houston to bid farewell to the iconic former Oilers and New Orleans Saints coach.

Mourners will gather Tuesday night in Lakewood Church to pay tribute to Phillips, who died Oct. 18 at age 90. The football lifer who led the "Luv Ya Blue" Oilers was buried Wednesday under an oak tree on his ranch near Goliad.

The father of Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips took over as Oilers coach in 1975 and led Houston to two AFC Championship games before he was fired in 1980. He was responsible for drafting Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell, the player who was largely credited with the success of the franchise.


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