Tommy Smith was named the CEO and President of the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday, one day after late owner Bud Adams was laid to rest.
In a statement, Smith, Adams' son-in-law, first thanked friends and fans for their support before saying he will take over the organization. Adams' daughters will also play a role in the organization.
“As for the Titans organization, we are moving forward with the same goals and a similar structure. As a family, we have agreed that I will be President and CEO of the Titans; and additionally Susie Adams Smith and Amy Adams Hunt will serve as Co-Chairpersons and Kenneth Adams IV will join the Titans board as a Director.”
Smith continued that he will continue both Bud's passion for the game and his commitment to the city of Nashville and the Mid-South region.
“We are excited for what lies ahead for this franchise and our fans,” he said.
Following Tuesday's announcement, Titans head coach Mike Munchak said, “[Smith] always stayed involved with the team. He's always been very knowledgeable about what is going on with the team when we have talked.”
Titans Executive Vice President Don MacLachlan added, “[He] has had a vision for the organization for a long time. He wants what's best for the city of Nashville and the State of Tennessee.”
Both Munchak and MacLachlan have known Smith for decades.
“Football is always something [Smith] stayed on top of. He understands the game very well, the players very well and the talent level it takes to win, so he's got a great handle on this football team and he wants a winner just like Mr. Adams did,” Munchak said.
MacLachlan, who is in charge of the team's off-field endeavors, told News 2 he “believes the community will embrace” the new CEO “because he wants to make sure we keep this on the right track, that we keep giving back to this community as they have given to us and its not something lost on Tommy or anyone in the organization.”
Smith will likely make his first appearance in Nashville as the team's CEO in the coming weeks.
Adams died last week of natural causes at his Houston home. He was 90. On Monday, hundreds of people attended a memorial service honoring Adams.
Read more online.
- Oct. 28, 2013: Titans owner Bud Adams memorialized in Houston
- Oct. 24, 2013: Funeral for Titans owner Bud Adams set for Monday
- Oct. 21, 2013: Gov. Bredesen on Bud Adams: His word as good as a bond
- Oct. 21, 2013: Titans owner Bud Adams dead at 90