The Titans announced this morning that they are adding three new members to the Ring of Honor this fall - Jeff Fisher, Floyd Reese, and Bum Phillips. The ceremony for Phillips will be on September 26th during the game against the Colts. Fisher and Reese will be honored together at a different game that has yet to be determined according to Jim Wyatt.
Fisher is the winningest coach in franchise history. Because of the way that his coaching career ended people forget just how good he was when the Titans first came to town. Those early teams were what made me fall in love with the Titans. The 1999 Super Bowl run and the 2000 season were so much fun to be a part of.
Reese was the guy who built those teams. He was with the franchise from 1986-2006, and he is the one who hired Fisher as head coach.
Phillips was the head coach of the Oilers during the famous “Luv Ya Blue” era.
Here is what Amy Adams Strunk had to say about the inductees (from Wyatt’s article):
“I am so excited to recognize these important figures in our team’s history,” Adams Strunk said. “Each had a significant hand in the success of their eras. Bum was Texas through and through and led us to new heights as the ‘Luv Ya Blue’ era was born, reaching two AFC Championship games.
“Jeff won more games than any coach in franchise history, while also leading our football team through some difficult years as we moved to Tennessee - playing in four different home stadiums over a four-year period. His ability to connect with our players and our fans was unmatched and he too reached two AFC Championship games and helped take us to our only Super Bowl.
“Floyd was a great position coach for us during our run of success during the Run ‘n Shoot years and then transitioned to the front office, where he found even greater success. He had a great ability to find talent and take ‘chances’ to find sustained success – hiring a first-time head coach in Jeff Fisher; selecting a Division I-AA quarterback, Steve McNair, in the top five of the draft; converting a first-round linebacker, Jevon Kearse, to defensive end; claiming a little used tight end, Frank Wycheck, from Washington; and trading down, then up to grab a Heisman-trophy-winning running back, Eddie George.”