NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Titans’ owner Bud Adams passed away at his Houston, Texas home Monday, October 21 at the age of 90.
Former Tennessee Titans’ head coach Jeff Fisher:
“I’m extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Bud Adams. Mr. Adams gave me my first opportunity to be a head coach in the NFL, and I’m eternally grateful to him for that. We enjoyed a great deal of success together during my 17 seasons with the organization, and I’ll cherish those memories for the rest of my life. My respect for Mr. Adams goes well beyond the owner/coach relationship that we shared for many years. He was a pioneer in the football business. He played a key role in creating and sustaining the American Football League, which helped push the popularity of our game to where it is today. My thoughts and prayers are with the Adams family during this difficult time.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell:
“Bud Adams played a pivotal role in the growth of pro football as a pioneer and innovator. As a founding owner of the American Football League that began play in 1960, Bud saw the potential of pro football and brought the game to new cities and new heights of popularity, first in Houston and then in Nashville. He was an brilliant entrepreneur with a terrific sense of humor that helped lighten many a tense meeting. His commitment to the best interests of the game and league was unwavering, and his personal along with the team’s impact in community relations and philanthropy set a standard for the NFL. Bud was truly a gift to the NFL. We extend our deepest sympathy to his daughters Susan and Amy, and the entire family.”
Titans Wide Receiver, Marc Mariani via Twitter:
“Take a moment to remember our owner Bud Adams! He was a pioneer of this great game and was so influential to #titannation and so much more!!”
Titans Former Safety Blaine Bishop via Twitter:
“Thanks to Bud Adams for giving me the opportunity to live out a dream to play in the NFL! R.I.P Bud.”
Titans Quarterback Vince Young via Twitter:
“I want to take time to send my condolences to The Adams Family, Bud was my guy he believed in me and was like a father to me. Bud… I can’t believe it, you will be truly missed by many. You opened a lot of doors for me and opportunity in my life I’m gonna miss you!”
Mayor Karl Dean:
“I want to extend condolences on my behalf, but also on behalf of all the citizens of Nashville, to Mr. Adam’s family and his Titans family. Bud Adams is a very important figure in the history of Nashville. Bringing the Titans here was an enormous event in the history of the city. It put us up in the major leagues. It was an event that moved our city forward and has been overwhelmingly positive.
I had several opportunities to meet with Mr. Adams over the years and he was always a very gracious, kind person. I’m personally thankful for his generosity with the many different charities that he has supported here in Nashville. I’m particularly thankful in recent years for the support the Titans have given us on our city health initiatives, hosting events at LP Field.
Mr. Adams lived a full life and he will certainly be missed.”
Senator Lamar Alexander:
“Tennesseans will remember and always be grateful to Bud Adams for bringing us the excitement of professional football, as well as for his big and generous heart.”
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker:
“With the passing of K. S. “Bud” Adams, Cherokee Nation has lost one of its most prominent and beloved tribal citizens. Although probably best known as a successful businessman and owner of the Tennessee Titans NFL franchise, Adams was born right here in the Cherokee Nation in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and never lost touch with his Cherokee heritage. People may be surprised to know that his Cherokee roots included his maternal uncle, W.W. Keeler, who served as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation for more than two decades.
Through the years Bud Adams was one of the Cherokee Heritage Center’s staunchest supporters, serving on its executive board and making generous contributions that established attractions such as the Adams Corner Rural Village in 1979 in honor of his mother, Blanch Keeler Adams. Endowments and continuing support from Adams have had a broad impact on Cherokees and other visitors to the Cherokee Heritage Center.
In 2000 he received the highest honor awarded by the Cherokee National Historical Society for his support and dedication to the preservation and promotion of Cherokee culture. A member of the “greatest generation,” we also recognize and honor his sacrifices as a veteran of World War II who fought to protect our freedoms, as so many Cherokee men of his generation did.
We will miss Bud Adams and offer our deepest condolences to his family.”