Titans fans, Nashville community reflect on death of Bud Adams
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
When Bud Adams moved his NFL franchise to the Midsouth, it changed the landscape and future of Nashville forever.
The Tennessee Titans arrived in 1997 and went to the Super Bowl just three years later. While they haven't been back since, Adams' team has given fans plenty to cheer about.
"Kinda sad, because he's done a lot for Nashville and brought the team here and everything," said Titans fan Thomas Blackwell.
Nashville and beyond knew Adams well for his personality and love of the game. And he made a major investment in the city many people call home.
"Bud Adams is a very important figure in the history of Nashville. Bringing the Titans to Nashville was an enormous event in the history of this city, and it put us up in the major leagues," said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.
The team shared the sudden news of Adams' death to suite owners at a pre-planned meeting Monday at LP Field.
"I think it took everybody by surprise. It was pretty shocking," said Titans fan Jeff Sexton.
Adams' loss is now being felt far beyond LP Field.
"He's the guy who elevated this city up to a major league city. He changed the way we look at ourselves and the way others look at ourselves, and I think in a positive way," Dean said.
Dean and former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen not only complimented Adams for his business-savvy and how he guided the team, but they also commented Monday on how Adams was simply a "good guy."
In fact, Bredesen - who was Nashville's mayor when Adams decided to bring the Titans to Tennessee - said he know Adams had a penchant for Western art, of all things.
Adams' death raises some questions about the future of the Titans in Nashville, but Dean said the Titans have a long-term contract that will keep them playing in Nashville until at least 2028.
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