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A tough goodbye for Wes Phillips

10/20/2013

PHILADELPHIA -- On Friday, Wes Phillips lost his grandfather, Bum. On Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field, Phillips knew the Texas legend was watching.

“It’s been tough,” said Phillips, the Dallas Cowboys tight ends coach. “As much as I feel I know that for dad, that’s his hero from when he was little, like a superhero. He’s been trying to be just like his dad his whole career so it’s been tough. But we were fortunate in that we knew his health was failing and we got to say our goodbyes and we got to hear from him. He was completely lucid and his brain was good til the end. We got to hear what he had to say to us as well.”

Bum Phillips was 90. A memorial service will be held Tuesday and Phillips will be laid to rest at his ranch in Goliad.

Wade Phillips, Wes’ dad and the former Cowboys coach, worked Sunday’s game as Houston Texans’ defensive coordinator.

There was no doubt Wes and Wade would coach Sunday.

“That’s the last thing he would’ve wanted for us to miss a game for him,” Wes said