HOUSTON — In the city where he helped found the American Football League and set the stage for the glory days of the Houston Oilers, Bud Adams was remembered at a memorial here on Monday.
Approximately 750 guests attended the service at Second Baptist Church, not far from where Adams kept his offices for so many years.
The Tennessee Titans owner died Oct. 21 at age 90.
Titans coach Mike Munchak and NFL senior advisor to the commissioner Joe Browne gave the eulogies. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was among those in attendance, along with Titans officials including general manager Ruston Webster and executive vice president Don MacLachlan.
Nashville mayor Karl Dean and former Nashville mayor and Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen were also in attendance.
"Bud was one of the brightest and most competitive visionaries in all of pro sports," said Browne, the league's longest-serving executive. "We in the NFL were fortunate to have Bud Adams for so many decades. He made the league that much better, simply by raising the bar for other clubs to match. Bud, we already miss you."
Adams founded the Houston Oilers in 1959 and was remembered as a pioneer and innovator for helping found the AFL. Adams moved the Houston Oilers to Nashville in 1997 and the team changed its name to Tennessee Titans in 1999.
Munchak, who has stressed the importance of team history since taking over as head coach in 2011, wore an Oilers tie.
The Oilers drafted Munchak in 1982. The Hall of Famer never played for another franchise and has yet to coach for another franchise. He recalled his first meeting with Adams.
"He shook my hand, and he said, 'Welcome to the Oilers, son,' " Munchak said. "Little did I know that 31 years later I would be standing here honoring the man I worked all these years for."