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Wade Phillips to coach Sunday after father's death

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09:22 AM ET 10.19 | Bum Phillips was as country as a cowboy could be. A Texas-size cowboy hat, pointed boots to fit in stirrups, dusty blue jeans and a belt buckle as big as Goliad, where he died Friday night with his wife Debbie and other family members present. Most of all, though, Phillips always had a warm smile and a firm handshake for just about everyone he met. "I was blessed to have him as a father and coach," Wade Phillips said late Friday night. "I got to coach with him for 11 years. He taught me everything I know about coaching. He taught me right and wrong. He taught me to enjoy life." Wade Phillips, the Texans' defensive coordinator, went to Goliad after practice Friday. "I'm so glad I got to see him," Phillips said. "Dad was such a humble man. I think he'd want to be remembered as someone who treated people well." Wade will travel with the team to Kansas City for Sunday's game against the undefeated Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. That's the way his father would have wanted it.

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October 19, 2013  09:37 AM ET

Always liked Bum Philips. "Adios Bum, you will be missed, RIP"

October 19, 2013  09:38 AM ET

"He taught me everything I know about coaching"

Yea, we know.

October 19, 2013  09:39 AM ET

RIP Bum Phillips. You were a class act.

October 19, 2013  09:40 AM ET

RIP Bum.

I got two lasting memories of him. The Mike Renfro non-catch in the 1979 AFC championship game, which Bum got rather irate (and hastened in video review).

And when he flipped off somebody who stole his hat after a game.

His grandson played QB at UTEP. I wish their entire family well.

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October 19, 2013  10:13 AM ET

Only time I ever gave a damn about any Houston sports team was Bum and the "Luv Ya Blue" crew. He was as genuine a man as has ever been a part of the NFL. You knew when he spoke that the BS would be at an absolute minimum. Add to it the man could coach up a defense as well as anyone in the league at the time.

RIP Bum - you won't have to kick this door in.

October 19, 2013  10:14 AM ET

Bum Phillips was an honest man who spoke the truth in plain terms. You never had to read between the lines in order to extract the truth.

October 19, 2013  10:17 AM ET

Bum would not lie to the media or support the dooshbaggery seen in today's NFL. Like filming the other team's siedlines ...

October 19, 2013  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Always liked Bum Philips. "Adios Bum, you will be missed, RIP"

Couldn't have said it better.

October 19, 2013  10:30 AM ET

Bum was once asked if he was concerned that Earl Campbell could not finish running a mile, he said no but then added that if it's ever first down and a mile to go then he wouldn't hand the ball the ball off to Earl. RIP Bum, they broke the mold with you.

October 19, 2013  10:38 AM ET

Bum was one of the great personalities in the early days of the modern NFL. A man who will be remembered for his contributions.

Having said that, I wish Wade would take the game off and spend time with his family. It would be good for him and his relatives, and it wouldn't hurt the team. They could use a little shake up right now and different people calling different looks couldn't hurt them any further than they are already doing.

October 19, 2013  10:51 AM ET

This is 45 minutes long but a wonderful tribute to Bum. Of course, you would expect nothing less from NFL Films.

October 19, 2013  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Always liked Bum Philips. "Adios Bum, you will be missed, RIP"

A tip of the hat to Bum Philips.

October 19, 2013  10:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

RIP Bum.I got two lasting memories of him. The Mike Renfro non-catch in the 1979 AFC championship game, which Bum got rather irate (and hastened in video review). And when he flipped off somebody who stole his hat after a game.His grandson played QB at UTEP. I wish their entire family well.

Joe Schmidt flipped off the whole stadium once. Loved it.

October 19, 2013  11:08 AM ET

R.I.P., Bum.

He was seen on the sidelines at one game without his traditional cowboy hat. When asked about it, he said, "A gentleman doesn't wear his hat indoors." It was one of the first domed stadiums.

October 19, 2013  12:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

R.I.P., Bum.He was seen on the sidelines at one game without his traditional cowboy hat. When asked about it, he said, "A gentleman doesn't wear his hat indoors." It was one of the first domed stadiums.

He sure was a Gentleman, and a very good coach!!!

October 19, 2013  01:45 PM ET

They say that the way you dress is an extension of your personality. What is really a shame is how the NFL has allowed corporate America to muzzle the personalities of coaches. Guys like "Bum" Philips and Hank Stram to name a couple would probably never make it in todays NFL because of their individuality.

October 19, 2013  03:24 PM ET

RIP.

October 19, 2013  04:33 PM ET

RIP Bum Phillips from this lifelong Steelers fan. Steelers-Oilers...what a rivalry!

 
October 19, 2013  06:51 PM ET
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RIP Bum Phillips from this lifelong Steelers fan. Steelers-Oilers...what a rivalry!

So much respect between those two teams... Some damn good football played between them.

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