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July 2000

July 2000


Bum Philllips

© July 2000

From 1975-85, there was not a more colorful personality in the NFL than former Oilers' and Saints' coach O.A. "Bum" Phillips. As Houston's coach from 1975-80 and the New Orleans Saints' coach from 1981-85, Phillips' homespun wit, sense of humor and Texas drawl made him a non-stop quote machine. What was sometimes forgotten was the fact he was a veteran football man who was mentored by Bear Bryant and spent more than 30 years in the game. Also lost in the shuffle is that "Bum" is the father of current Buffalo Bills' coach Wade Phillips.

"Coaches are very important. Hell, you can get the players off the back of a Wheaties box."

"There are two types of coaches. Them that have just been fired and them that are going to be fired."

"If I have to tell a guy "do it" because I'm the head coach, then there's a littl....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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