Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt issued a statement on Monday on the passing of Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams. Adams and the late Lamar Hunt were original members of “The Foolish Club” that founded the American Football League.
“When my father Lamar set out to start a new league to rival the NFL in 1959, the first person he went to visit was Bud Adams,” Hunt said. “Lamar, Bud and the other visionary owners of the American Football League believed that fans across the country would embrace pro football if given the chance, and they were right.
“Although Lamar’s Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs and Bud’s Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans were natural rivals on the field, Lamar and Bud enjoyed a friendship that spanned five decades and saw the emergence of pro football as America’s Game.
“Our family will always appreciate Bud’s spirited and enthusiastic support of my father’s ‘foolish’ idea, and we are saddened by the news of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers will remain with the Adams family and the Tennessee Titans organization.”