Following their wild-card victory, the team went on to win two subsequent playoff games and appeared in its first-ever Super Bowl, in Atlanta's Georgia Dome. IMPACT Wrestling results, winners, news and notes featuring the wedding between John E. Bravo and Rosemary. It is on view at the Adams National Historic Park. The crowds were so quiet that some of the few in attendance, watching on television, or listening on radio could hear all of the action on the field, including play calling, collisions, and the players talking to one another. -- Kenneth Adams, 29, the only son of Houston Oilers owner Bud Adams, was found shot to death Friday at the family`s ranch in far northwest Harris County (Tex.). [2], He attended River Oaks Baptist Church in Houston. The Oilers played most of their games before crowds of fewer than 20,000, and they looked even smaller due to the spacious configuration of the Astrodome. They met several times that spring, and Hunt convinced Adams to field a team in Houston. On August 3, Adams and Hunt held a press conference in Adams's boardroom to announce formation of the new league, which was formally named the American Football League. He had served on the executive committee of the Cherokee National Historical Society. He was elected to the American Football League Hall of Fame, an online site, but as of 2018 is not a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, despite several nominations and an ongoing effort to make him such. Bud wrote the following for his family: “O” God I thank you for my wife. A. At the time of his death, Adams's 409 wins were the most of any current NFL owner. All Rights Reserved. Share William's life story with friends and family. In 2001, Adams purchased the rights to operate an Arena Football League expansion franchise in Nashville for a reported $4 million. Do Republican incumbents turn out to be sturdier than we thought and manage to stay in power? Late in 2004 it was announced that country singer Tim McGraw had bought into the Kats franchise as a minority owner. Adams, the city, the county and the NFL were unwilling to let this continue for another season. From one country man to another. After Adams met several times with then-Nashville mayor Phil Bredesen, they announced a deal to bring the Oilers to Nashville for the 1998 season to a new 68,000-seat stadium (originally called Adelphia Coliseum, now known as Nissan Stadium). They would be barely competitive for the rest of their stay in Houston. During the Ravens' game-winning drive, a 'Delay of Game' was not called after the play clock had hit 0 for several seconds, which enabled the Ravens to go on to kick the game-winning field goal. Two of his great-grandmothers were Cherokee women who married European-American men: Nelson Carr and George B. Keeler, who played roles in trade and oil in early Oklahoma. During World War II, Adams served in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater of operations, attaining the rank of Lieutenant (Junior Grade). He knew his position was unlikely to change as long as the Astros were playing 81 home games and his team was playing eight. The unlikely run that Tennessee sustained in their first season as the Titans has proven to be the high-water mark for the Titans' on-field success since. By the mid-1990s, several NFL teams had new stadiums built largely or entirely with public funding, and several more deals had been agreed to. Bud are most grateful for his time spent with us. Due to this, Adams began to lobby Mayor Bob Lanier for a new stadium. Adams was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1923. The Oklahoma native, who comes from a Cherokee heritage, was a founding owner of the American Football League, and bought the Tennessee Titans (then called the Houston Oilers) in 1960. Bryson DeChambeau is the new face of DraftKings golf, agreeing to a multiyear brand, content and marketing deal ahead of the Masters Tournament. Adams helped establish the league by fighting and winning the battle with the NFL for LSU's All-American Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon. One of those grandsons, Kenneth the fourth, is being groomed to lead the team. Only four of the eight regular-season home games at Vanderbilt sold out for the 1998 season. My Condolences, Cindy and family. Shortly after his 1946 discharge, Adams was on a trip in which his plane was fogbound in Houston, Texas. Due to this, there were public suggestions to rename the team the "Tennessee Twisters". In addition, the Oilers' radio network in Texas, formerly statewide, was reduced to a single station in Houston and a few affiliates in Tennessee. They also grow various citrus fruit. He gained his 400th career victory in the 2011 season finale when his Titans defeated the team that replaced his Oilers in Houston, the Texans. Commissioner Roger Goodell, who happened to be attending the game, fined him $250,000. [10], Adams died of natural causes at his home in Houston at age 90 in 2013. His daughters Susie and Amy now each own a third of the team. His franchise made 21 playoff appearances in 53 seasons, eighth among NFL teams since 1960. In 1987, Adams threatened to move the Oilers to Jacksonville, Florida (now the home to the Jaguars) unless significant improvements were made to the Astrodome. To make matters worse, a major tornado had hit downtown Nashville area, tearing directly through the new stadium's construction site and causing two tower cranes to collapse. I pray God grants you the strength during this difficult time. BARRINGTON - William L. "Bud" Adams, Jr., 82, passed away at home with his family at his side Thursday, June 18, 2020. This era of rotation between mediocrity and disaster was to last several years. Published in Foster's Daily Democrat from Jun. This second Kats franchise reclaimed the name, logo, and Nashville history of the earlier franchise as its own (The original Kats franchise continued to operate as the Georgia Force until folding in 2008; similarly, that franchise was reincarnated in 2011 when the existing AFL team Alabama Vipers relocated to the Atlanta area and assumed the Georgia Force identity). The seats near the 50-yard line, usually the most desirable (and expensive), were the farthest from the field of play, while those nearest the action were otherwise-undesirable seats in the end zone. As a result, Adams had difficulty finding a suitable temporary home for the renamed Tennessee Oilers ("Tennessee" was used instead of "Nashville" to appeal to the broader region). Particularly crucial to the league's early years was Adams's relationship with Harry Wismer, original owner of the league's New York franchise, the Titans. Share to let others add their own memories and condolences. I worked with Bud for a couple of years at the National Passport Center and always enjoyed our lengthy conversations and teasing about his too neat desk. Public service was in the Adams family DNA. I am saddened to hear about Buds passing. Adams also was one of the owners of the Houston Mavericks of the American Basketball Association and the owner of the second Nashville Kats franchise of the Arena Football League. However, Lanier turned down the request almost out of hand. Or, is there no national theme to Tuesday’s results, with the 35 Senate races at stake decided along more local lines? In Hunt's view, a regional rivalry between Hunt's Dallas Texans (now the Kansas City Chiefs) and a Houston team would be critical to the league's growth. Most of the Houston sporting public blamed Adams. Bud was born February 1, 1938, the son of William Sr. and Gladys (Phillips) Adams. Despite the problems, Adams initially intended to stick it out. Born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on January 3, 1923, Adams was the son of K. S. "Boots" Adams and Blanch Keeler Adams.