Meanwhile, the Titans are planning the culminating event of their celebration week. On Sunday, Bum Phillips will be posthumously inducted into the Titans Ring of Honor. This will be during halftime at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, where the Titans play the Colts on Sunday. At least 80 former Oilers will be present for the halftime ceremony. And contrary to the reaction of the Texans fans, Oilers players look forward to being celebrated by the Titans.
Former defensive end Elvin Bethea, who played in 210 games during his 16-year career in Houston from 1968-83, welcomes the recognition. He told Titans writer Jim Wyatt about the disconnect he feels with Houston and the importance of the ceremony in Nashville.
“Here in Houston, the Oilers, we are the forgotten ones,” Bethea said. “We kind of feel like outcasts here, to be honest. We are not tied to the team here, even though this is where we were the building stones, and the foundation. By all of this happening, us being celebrated (in Tennessee), it makes me feel wonderful,” Bethea said.
“We all need a place to call home,” said former linebacker Robert Brazile, who played for the Oilers from 1975-84. “When you play for a franchise, and then all of a sudden that franchise leaves that city and goes away, it is hard. We put our heart and soul into something, and when you get to be an old man and you are trying to explain this to your kids: ‘I played football, but I can’t take you to the Astrodome to see a game.'”