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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Wade Phillips

     (Born June 21, 1947) -- Longtime fans of the National Football League certainly remember Bum Phillips, the head coach of the Houston Oilers. He led that team to some memorable if losing important games with the Pittsburgh Steelers' great teams of the late 1970s, and provided a lot of color along the way.

     Son Wade is not exactly a chip off the old block. He still had football genes, but his personality was much quieter.

     Phillips was a top linebacker at the University of Houston in the late 60s. He moved into college coaching from there, and worked with his father in Houston and New Orleans. Wade even replaced Bum as the head coach of the Saints on an interim basis in 1985.

     After some time as the head coach in Denver, Wade Phillips was hired as the defensive coordinator of the Bills under Marv Levy. He moved up to the head coaching spot in 1998, lasting three seasons. Phillips went 29-19 in that span, but lost his job in a rather public dispute with owner Ralph Wilson.

     Phillips later spent most of four seasons as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. He's now a defensive coordinator with the Houston Texans.

--- Budd Bailey

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