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Bum Phillips


Cowboy-hat sporting NFL trainer who turned around the struggling Houston Oilers within the middle/past due 1970s. He also coached the brand new Orleans Saints from 1981 to 1985 and retired with 86 profession wins. He performed college soccer at both Lamar and Stephen F. Austin University or college, although his informed was interrupted when he enlisted within the Sea Corps during WWII. He finished his education following the battle. He refused to put on his head wear in stadiums with roofs, because he was trained not to put on hats indoors as a kid. He previously six children along with his wife Helen. His child Wade Phillips coached the Dallas Cowboys from 2007 to 2010. He was wedded to his second wife, Debbie, during his loss of life. He worked well as an associate coach under Carry Bryant at Tx A&M.

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Full Name Bum Phillips
Date Of Birth September 29, 1923
Died October 18, 2013, Goliad, Texas, United States
Place Of Birth Orange, TX
Profession Football Coach
Education Lamar University, Stephen F. Austin State University
Nationality American
Spouse Debbie Phillips
Children Wade Phillips
Parents Oail Andrew Phillips Sr., Naomi Aileen Parish Phillips
Siblings Edrina Phillips
Star Sign Libra

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1Induced into the Stephen F. Austin University Lettermen's Association Hall of Fame in 1976.
2Inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.
3Lives on a ranch in Goliad, TX with his wife. [May 2006]
4Although the cowboy hat is Phillips' trademark, he never wore one when coaching a game indoors (such as when he coach the Houston Oilers in the Astrodome or the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome). When asked about this, Phillips replied he'd been taught that it was disrespectful to wear a hat indoors.
5On the sideline for one of the most infamous plays in NFL history. During the 1980 AFC championship game between the Oilers and Pittsburgh Steelers, Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini threw what looked like a touchdown pass to Oilers receiver Mike Renfro. The referee signaled incomplete, saying Renfro didn't get his feet in bounds. The Oilers vehemently protested the call, and a replay showed that Renfro did, indeed, get both feet in bounds. The Oilers went on to lose 27-13. The game prompted the NFL to eventually institute instant replay for close calls.
6Head coach of Houston Oilers from 1975-1980 and was the the winningest coach in franchise history. From 1981 through 1985, he was the head coach of the New Orleans Saints.



Cowboy Smoke2008Bum



ESPN 25: Who's #1?2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The NFL on CBS1981-1984TV SeriesHimself - New Orleans Saints Head Coach
NFL Monday Night Football1975-1984TV SeriesHimself - Houston Oilers Head Coach / Himself - New Orleans Saints Head Coach
The NFL on NBC1974-1981TV SeriesHimself - Houston Oilers Head Coach / Himself - New Orleans Saints Head Coach / Himself - Houston Oilers Defensive Coordinator
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1981TV SeriesHimself
1979 AFC Championship Game1980TV SpecialHimself - Houston Oilers Head Coach
1978 AFC Championship Game1979TV SpecialHimself - Houston Oilers Head Coach
1978 AFC Wild Card Playoff Game1978TV MovieHimself - Houston Oilers Head Coach

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A Football Life2015TV SeriesHimself

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1Two kinds of players who ain't worth a damn: one that never does what he's told and the other that does nothing except what he's told.
2I don't mind being called Bum just as long as you don't put a 'you' in front of it.
3How do you win? By getting average players to play good and good players to play great. That's how you win.
4You don't know a ladder has splinters until you slide down it.
5The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline.
6Winning is only half of it. Having fun is the other half.

1Cowboy hat

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