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Chiefs owner Clark Hunt issues on death of 'visionary owner' Bud Adams

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Bob Levey

KC Chiefs owner Clark Hunt issued a statement on the death of Bud Adams, the owner of the Tennessee Titans, who passed away on Monday morning. He was 90 years old.

Hunt touches on the relationship between his father, Lamar Hunt, and Adams.

When my father Lamar set out to start a new league to rival the NFL in 1959, the first person he went to visit was Bud Adams. Lamar, Bud and the other visionary owners of the American Football League believed that fans across the country would embrace pro football if given the chance, and they were right.

Although Lamar's Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs and Bud's Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans were natural rivals on the field, Lamar and Bud enjoyed a friendship that spanned five decades and saw the emergence of pro football as America's Game.

Our family will always appreciate Bud's spirited and enthusiastic support of my father's "foolish" idea, and we are saddened today by the news of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers will remain with the Adams family and the Tennessee Titans organization.

Our Titans blog, Music City Miracles, has more on what's next for the Titans.