|Birth: ||Sep. 29, 1923|
|Death: ||Oct. 18, 2013|
Oail Andrew "Bum" Phillips played football at Lamar College (now Lamar University) in Beaumont, Texas, but enlisted in the United States Marine Corps shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He became one of the elite Marine Raiders.
After he returned from the war, Phillips completed the remaining year on his degree at Lamar, and enrolled at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, lettering in football in 1948 and 1949 and graduating with a degree in Education in 1949.
During the 1950s and 1960s, Phillips coached high school football in various Texas cities, including Jacksonville, Amarillo High School, Port Neches–Groves (1963-1964), and in his hometown of Nederland.
His college coaching stints included serving as an assistant coach at Texas A&M University (for Bear Bryant), the University of Houston (for Bill Yeoman), Southern Methodist University (for Hayden Fry), and Oklahoma State University. He was the head coach at the University of Texas at El Paso for one season in 1962.
In the late 1960s, Phillips was hired by Sid Gillman to serve as a defensive assistant coach for the San Diego Chargers. In 1973, Gillman became head coach of the Houston Oilers, and he brought Phillips with him as his defensive coordinator. In 1975, Phillips was named head coach and general manager of the Oilers, and served in that capacity through 1980. As coach of the Oilers, he became the winningest coach in franchise history (59-38 record). He was known for his trademark cowboy hat on the sidelines, except when the Oilers played in the Astrodome or other domed stadiums. (He stated that his mother taught him not to wear a hat indoors; his former boss Bear Bryant similarly refused to wear his trademark fedora during indoor games.) Under Phillips, the Oilers reached the AFC Championship Game in two consecutive seasons.
He later worked as a football color analyst for television and radio. Phillips has since retired to his horse ranch in Goliad, Texas.
Bum has endorsed his own brand of sausage and also has served as the spokesman for Spectrum Scoreboards. Bum was also a spokesman for Texas State Optical (TSO), a regional chain of prescription eyewear retailers, during part of the '90s. He has been a spokesman for Hearing Aid Express, a Texas based hearing-aid company since 2001.
His son, Wade Phillips, has also held assistant and head coaching jobs in the NFL and was the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys from February 2007 to November 2010. He was hired by the Houston Texans on January 5, 2011 as their new defensive coordinator almost 30 years after his father was terminated by Bud Adams on December 28, 1980, after the Oilers failed to advance past the first round of the playoffs.
Bum was a great man who will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and all who had the joy of knowing him.
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Record added: Oct 18, 2013
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