Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams is using his club’s visit to face the Houston Texans as a homecoming of sorts for the original Houston Oilers.
Adams will honor members of the 1960 and 1961 Oilers teams that won the first two AFL championships by hosting the “Oilers Weekend of Champions” beginning on Sunday. The Titans have celebrated the 50th year of the franchise, which spent its first 37 years in Houston, this year by wearing Oilers throwback uniforms on four occasions.
Among those who are scheduled to attend include Hall of Fame quarterback George Blanda, who guided those teams, and perhaps running back Billy Cannon, who has been back in the news lately thanks to current Titan Chris Johnson equaling some of his exploits in the franchise record book.
The players are scheduled to arrive on Sunday night, attend a dinner and then go to Robertson Stadium for a team photo as part of the reunion. Robertson Stadium, which is home to the University of Houston football team, is the old Jeppeson Stadium where the team played its games originally before eventually moving to the Astrodome.
Then, for the Titans Monday night game against the Texans, Adams has purchased a block of tickets for the players who can attend to watch the contest at Reliant Stadium. Those who may be physically unable to attend the game can watch the game from the ballroom of the hotel where they are staying.
The weekend concludes with a buffet breakfast Tuesday morning involving Adams and the players.
“It’s something Mr. Adams wanted to do it part of 50th year anniversary, to celebrate the first two championship teams. It’s kind of like a big old homecoming,” Titans executive vice president of administration and facilities Don MacLachlan said.