Bum Phillips was one of a kind

Longtime Oilers coach, who died at age 90, was one of game's great characters

Originally Published: October 19, 2013
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

If Hollywood were to cast an ideal NFL coach for the Houston Oilers in the 1970s, Bum Phillips would have been the man.

From his Stetson hat to his Southern drawl to the boots he wore, Phillips was all cowboy. He was also a great builder of a football franchise. His death Friday night at age 90 was sad.

He coached in an era of characters who helped to build the NFL. Oakland had Al Davis, a rebel who would do anything to win, including fighting the league. Pittsburgh had the Steel ...

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