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SBD/October 21, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Bum Phillips Remembered As NFL Coach/GM Who Connected With Fans, Players
Published October 21, 2013
MAN OF THE PEOPLE: SPORTS ON EARTH's Dan Pompei wrote Bum Phillips "connected with people." Pompei: "A simple, unpretentious man and coach, Phillips was unafraid of letting us see who he was." His humility "was endearing," and it "was genuine" (SPORTSONEARTH.com, 10/20). In N.Y., Richard Goldstein wrote Phillips was a "square-jawed, buzz-cut outside character with a host of one-liners" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/20). The AP's Kristie Rieken wrote Phillips was "a Texas original in his blue jeans, boots and trademark white Stetson" (AP, 10/19). NFL Network's Rich Eisen said, "Phillips was a folk hero in Texas and loved nationally, whether it was for that trademark cowboy hat or because of his way of talking" ("NFL GameDay Morning," NFL Network, 10/20). ESPN's Chris Berman said, "He was beloved by all who played for him and all who knew him and in short, he was a Texas football icon whose folksy, homespun approach hid the fact that he was actually a gridiron master" ("Sunday NFL Countdown," ESPN, 10/20).