Posted: Monday October 21, 2013 4:04 PM

Reaction to death of Titans owner Bud Adams

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Some reaction Monday to the death of Titans owner Bud Adams. He was 90.

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''When my father Lamar set out to start a new league to rival the NFL in 1959, the first person he went to visit was Bud Adams. Lamar, Bud and the other visionary owners of the American Football League believed that fans across the country would embrace pro football if given the chance, and they were right. ... Lamar and Bud enjoyed a friendship that spanned five decades and saw the emergence of pro football as America's Game. Our family will always appreciate Bud's spirited and enthusiastic support of my father's ''foolish'' idea, and we are saddened today by the news of his passing.'' - Kansas City Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt

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''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. Bud was truly a gift to the NFL. We extend our deepest sympathy to his daughters Susan and Amy, and the entire family.'' - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell

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''Mr. Adams gave me my first opportunity to be a head coach in the NFL, and I'm eternally grateful to him for that. We enjoyed a great deal of success together during my 17 seasons with the organization, and I'll cherish those memories for the rest of my life.'' - St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher, former Oilers-Titans coach between November 1994 and January 2011

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''He could have just eased through life. A lot of people do that, and he didn't. He went out and lived it. He did things the way he wanted to, and sometimes we'd all wring our hands when he said what he wanted to. And I admire him for it. Probably most of us should do a little more of that.'' - Phil Bredesen, former Nashville mayor and Tennessee governor who negotiated the Oilers' relocation with Adams

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''We are sad to hear about the passing of Titans Owner Bud Adams. I will never forget when I first bought the Redskins how gracious he was and the passion that he had for pro football. It was wonderful to be one of his friends.'' - Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder

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''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.'' - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones

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''Tennesseans will remember and always be grateful to Bud Adams for bringing us the excitement of professional football, as well as for his big and generous heart.'' - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R.-Tenn.

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''Bud obviously played a critical role in bringing professional football to Nashville and Tennessee. Nashville has grown and exploded. Honestly, being the home of a professional football team has made a big difference there. I did not know Bud had passed away. I'm really sad to hear that, sorry for his family. It's think it's really important we recognize the contribution he's made to the state.'' - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam

 
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