Houston (CBS Houston) – Bum Phillips, the legendary Love Ya Blue coach of the Houston Oilers, was memorialized in front of several thousand onlookers at Lakewood Church on Tuesday evening.
Everybody from former Oilers like Earl Cambell, Dan Pastorini , and Elvin Bethea to current Texans like head coach Gary Kubiak, Matt Schaub and Case Keenum were in attendance. The 90 minute celebration was full of memories, laughs, and kind words from those whose lives were touched by the legendary coach.
“It is a celebration and that helps our family a whole lot to see how much he was loved and to see how many people’s lives he affected.” Wade Phillips told SportsRadio 610.
A central part of the service was a video detailing Phillip’s extensive work with inmates in Angola Louisiana. Phillips was a fixture at the prisons annual “crunch bowl” the championship football game between inmates.
“Bum was like a second father to me” Texas State Senator Dan Patrick told the crowd.
Many of Bum’s players echoed that same sentiment. Bum Phillips wasn’t a great football coach, he was a great person.
“Lets take the coach out of it, Bum was a warm type of father. He made you feel like you were special, just like he was your dad.” former Oiler Robert Brazile said.
KimAnn England, Bum’s youngest daughter told the crowd that in his final days Bum looked her in the eye and said, “I’m ready to go.”
Bum may be gone but he left behind an era of football Houston will never forget.
“Love Ya Blue will never die. It will live forever in our hearts and in our minds.” Former Oilers QB Dan Pastorini said.
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