Friday, November 1, 2013
Emotional Phillips expects 'special' game
By Tania Ganguli
HOUSTON -- Asked about the tribute planned for his late father during Sunday night's game, Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was overcome with emotion.
He didn't know that was happening.
"Don't get me going there," Phillips said. "It goes in waves. I appreciate that if they are doing that."
The tribute will occur after the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts. In honor of Bum Phillips, the Texans will have former Oilers Mike Barber and Dan Pastorini come out of the tunnel pre-game as honorary captains.
Houston's Lakewood Church, headed by Joel Osteen, held a memorial service Tuesday evening for Bum Phillips. The memorial and the fact that several players attended meant a lot to his son.
"It really helped our family and everybody," Wade Phillips said. "It's not something that you get over quickly. It's a club you don't want to be in but a lot of people have. We had a tribute the other night and that was really special for us. This game will be special for me too."
He also expects the game to be a lot of fun. It is the family business, after all.
Said Wade: "We're going to have fire coming out of our backsides."