Former Titans GM Floyd Reese Passes Away

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Former Titans General Manager Floyd Reese, the designer of 1 of the astir palmy runs successful franchise history, has passed away.

Reese was 73.

The Titans were informed by his household that Reese passed distant this morning.

According to his friends astatine ESPN 102.5 The Game successful Nashville, wherever Reese antecedently worked arsenic a vigor speech amusement big until December 2020, Reese died "peacefully this morning, surrounded by his family, aft a conflict with cancer."

Reese, who had a 21-year tally (1986-2006) with the Oilers/Titans arsenic a manager and executive, is the winningest wide manager successful franchise history. His imaginativeness helped pave the mode for a memorable tally of occurrence for the Titans erstwhile the squad moved from Houston to Tennessee.

In Reese's tenure with the organization, the squad precocious to the playoffs 11 times. As General Manager (1994-2006), helium tallied 111 wins (106 regular season/5 postseason) and the Titans precocious to 2 AFC Championship Games and 1 Super Bowl (XXXIV).

Earlier this year, the squad announced plans to induct Reese into the franchise's Ring of Honor with erstwhile caput coaches Jeff Fisher and O.A "Bum" Phillips.

"This is simply a bittersweet time for our Titans family," Titans controlling proprietor Amy Adams Strunk said successful a statement. "I would similar to nonstop on my deepest condolences to Floyd's wife, Sally, to his children, grandchildren and extended family. Floyd spent implicit 2 decades with our franchise successful a assortment of roles - presumption coach, adjunct wide manager and ultimately, wide manager - and helium excelled astatine each of them. As wide manager, helium built a squad that saw sustained occurrence and helped usher our franchise successful the toughest of times and the highest moments. His keen oculus for endowment led him to immoderate of the champion players successful our team's history, which led the squad to immoderate of our top accomplishments. We look guardant to remembering and honoring his bequest this play arsenic helium is formally inducted into our Ring of Honor."

Reese, who was dealing with wellness problems astatine the time, said helium was blessed to get the induction quality from Amy Adams Strunk.

"First of all, it was a existent dainty to get to speech to (Amy) again," Reese said past month. "I deliberation the mode she explained it ... this is 1 of the highest, if not the highest honor, that we could bestow connected idiosyncratic that's not successful the NFL Hall of Fame. And truthful that benignant of makes you recognize that this is special. I cognize it's peculiar excessively due to the fact that I deliberation determination was - there's been truthful overmuch clip and effort that we enactment successful - not conscionable me, but ... Jeff, and everybody involved, I mean, for years and years and years. To person this travel existent for maine was a peculiar treat."

Titans General Manager Jon Robinson, who worked with Reese successful New England, besides expressed his condolences.

"I'm saddened to perceive astir the passing of Floyd Reese and my heartfelt condolences spell retired to Ms. Sally, the family, and each that were adjacent to him," Robinson said connected Saturday. "He was a large man. He loved his family, helium loved football, and helium loved the Titans. I learned a batch from him, helium was ever consenting to listen, and helium wanted to walk connected his cognition of the crippled to maine and truthful galore others. I'm everlastingly grateful that I could telephone him a friend. Thank you for everything Floyd, I'll spot you again someday!"

As a endowment evaluator, Reese collected immoderate of the franchise's large ones - QB Steve McNair, RB Eddie George, TE Frank Wycheck, DE Jevon Kearse, WR Derrick Mason, LB Keith Bulluck, DE Kyle Vanden Bosch, DL, C Kevin Mawae, P Craig Hentrich, DT Albert Haynesworth and QB Vince Young. That grouping of players would cod 27 Pro Bowl honors, 3 Rookies of the Year (George/Kearse/Young) and 1 AP Co-MVP (McNair successful 2003) for the club. Reese primitively joined the nine successful 1986 arsenic a linebacker manager for the Oilers and pursuing 4 seasons successful that role, helium was named Assistant General Manager (1990-93) nether Mike Holovak.

Strunk had words of praise for Reese aft delivering him quality of the induction.

"Floyd was a large presumption manager for america during our tally of occurrence during the Run 'n Shoot years and past transitioned to the beforehand office, wherever helium recovered adjacent greater success," Strunk said past month. "He had a large quality to find endowment and instrumentality 'chances' to find sustained occurrence - hiring a first-time caput manager successful Jeff Fisher; selecting a Division I-AA quarterback, Steve McNair, successful the apical 5 of the draft; converting a first-round linebacker, Jevon Kearse, to antiaircraft end; claiming a small utilized choky end, Frank Wycheck, from Washington; and trading down, past up to drawback a Heisman-trophy-winning moving back, Eddie George."

One of Reese's archetypal large decisions arsenic wide manager was to prosecute Fisher arsenic caput coach.

Last month, Fisher gave Reese a batch of recognition for gathering a squad that went to the playoff 4 times successful 5 years from 1999-2003.

During that stretch, the Titans 61 wins successful the regular play and playoffs tied the St. Louis Rams for the astir successful the NFL.

Of the 22 starters for the Titans successful Super Bowl XXXIV, 13 were drafted by Reese.

It was a magical epoch for Titans shot indeed, acknowledgment successful ample portion to Reese's keen oculus for talent.

This fall, Fisher and Reese volition beryllium honored astatine a crippled that is inactive to beryllium determined.

"To bring the Oilers to Nashville, to person the occurrence that we did, nary of it would've been imaginable without Floyd," Fisher said erstwhile quality of the induction was made public. "Floyd down the scenes did truthful overmuch for this organization. The caput manager gets the credit, the caput manager gets fired erstwhile they don't win, the GM, the wide managers conscionable work. It's what they do, they conscionable work. Without each Floyd's hard work, his imaginativeness and everything implicit the years, those years starring up to the '99 season, and past our effort to prolong was beauteous impressive. We had a five-year span wherever cipher won much games successful the league than we did."

A erstwhile All-America antiaircraft lineman astatine UCLA (1966-69), Reese played 1 play with the Montreal Alouettes successful the Canadian Football League earlier entering the coaching ranks. He began his coaching vocation astatine Liberty Union High successful Brentwood, Calif., earlier returning to his alma mater successful Westwood arsenic an adjunct manager successful 1971. Reese spent 3 seasons astatine UCLA earlier moving to Georgia Tech successful 1974.

Reese entered the NFL successful 1975, serving arsenic the spot and conditioning manager for the Detroit Lions. Reese past joined the San Francisco 49ers for 1 play (1978), earlier joining Bud Grant's unit arsenic linebackers and peculiar teams manager for the Minnesota Vikings successful 1979. He served that relation until 1984, erstwhile helium was elevated to Defensive Coordinator. He tutored the linebackers for 1 play anterior to joining the Oilers.

In 1986, Reese began his agelong relation with the Titans, wherever helium would yet assistance enactment the squad connected a nationalist signifier during a memorable play long-time fans volition ne'er forget.

Survivors see his wife, Sally, sons Jeremy and Sean, and grandchildren.

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