Tennessee Titans owner, Bud Adams, dies at 90 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Tennessee Titans owner, Bud Adams, dies at 90

(Source: titansonline.com) (Source: titansonline.com)

(WMC-TV) - Tennessee Titans owner K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr. passed away peacefully at home from natural causes, according to the Tennessee Titans. The World War II veteran and co-founder of the AFL, was 90 years old.

According to NFL.COM, it was 54 years ago when Adams and Lamar Hunt held a joint news conference announcing the formation of the American Football League. The league officially began playing in 1960. Hunt had a team in Dallas, Adams had the Houston Oilers, and other teams would be forthcoming. Adams was the longest tenured owner in the league. The Houston Oilers played their final season in 1996 at the Astrodome.

On July 29, 1998, Adams announced that the Oilers' name would be changed. The name was retired by the NFL and the Tennessee franchise launched in the Mid-South. The Titans made their debut in 1999.

Adams accumulated more wins than any other NFL owner, according to the Tennessee Titans official website. His franchise earned 21 playoff appearances in 53 seasons.

Adams' wife, Nancy, preceded him in death in February 2009. The two were married for 62 years. His son, Kenneth S. Adams, III, also preceded him. Adams is survived by two daughters, Susie Smith and Amy Strunk, as well as seven grandchildren.

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