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Bum Phillips

  • American coach
  • Born September 29, 1923

Oail Andrew "Bum" Phillips (September 29, 1923 – October 18, 2013) was an American football coach at the high school, college and professional levels. He served as head coach in the National Football League (NFL) for the Houston Oilers from 1975 to 1980 and the New Orleans Saints from 1981 to 1985. He was the father of NFL coach Wade Phillips.


Two kinds of ballplayers aren't worth a darn: One that never does what he's told, and one who does nothin' except what he's told.




The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline.




You don't know a ladder has splinters until you slide down it.




How do you win? By getting average players to play good and good players to play great. That's how you win.




Winning is only half of it. Having fun is the other half.



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