(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Tennessee Titans owner K.S. “Bud” Adams died on Monday in his Houston home. He was 90.
Adams founded the Houston Oilers for the American Football League and moved the team from Houston to Tennessee in 1996.
Adams saw his team finally reach the Super Bowl in 2000 against the St. Louis Rams after 30 years of being a part of the franchise.
“He was a brilliant entrepreneur with a terrific sense of humor that helped lighten many a tense meeting. His commitment to the best interests of the game and league was unwavering, and his personal along with the team’s impact in community relations and philanthropy set a standard for the NFL,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in the statement on Monday.
Adams was respected by so many among the NFL and his 409 wins were the most of any current NFL owner.
“I consider Bud one of the founders of the game of professional football because of his role in helping to create the American Football League,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement. “Loyalty was always a strong trademark of Bud Adams. He turned down an opportunity to place an NFL team in Houston, because he had already made a prior commitment to Lamar Hunt and the AFL. Bud was a role model for me. He was a great man and a great Texan. He will be missed and remembered.”
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Jill Martin, CNN