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Wade Phillips: This Is A Football Town; We’re Going To Try To Live Up To That Support

By JULIE TAKAHASHI, SportsRadio 610
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Houston (CBS Houston)– Wade Phillips has had a tough few weeks, but he was grateful Thursday for the support Houston has given to himself and his family.

“I want to publicly thank Joel and Victoria Osteen for having the memorial at Lakewood Church and all of the people,” Wade thanked. “I want to make sure that gets out because it was really great for our family. I appreciate that.”

The Texans’ defensive coordinator said that he ‘goes in waves’ about the passing of his father Bum Phillips and that he’s appreciative for the Texans players that were present at Bum’s memorial service.

“It really helped our family and everybody,” Wade said. “It’s not something that you get over quickly. It’s a club you don’t want to be in but a lot of people have. We had a tribute the other night and that was really special for us. This game will be special for me too.”

The Texans (2-5) host the Indianapolis Colts (5-2) Sunday, 7:30 pm at Reliant Stadium.  The team announced that at the end of the first quarter, the Texans will play a tribute video of the former Houston Oilers head coach.

“I didn’t know that,” Wade responded. “Don’t get me going there. It goes in waves. I appreciate that if they are doing that.”

This game has the makings of something special.

Special for the city of Houston, special for this Texans team and special for the Phillips’ family.

“This town is a football (town). They love their football,” Wade said. “And we have great support. We know that and we’re going to try to live up to that support.”

Follow Julie Takahashi on Twitter: @Julie_Takahashi

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