Kenneth Stanley “Bud” Adams Jr. made many contributions to professional football as an owner and literally changed the landscape of the National Football League forever. At the time of his death in 2013 at age 90 he led all active owners with 409 wins. His long life of dedication to football and footballs fans led to many accomplishments.
The Beginnings of the AFL
Wildly successful financially in the oil industry, Bud Adams had the capital to invest in a professional football team. Early on, he partnered with later Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt to try and buy the struggling Chicago Cardinals of the NFL with the intent of then moving them to Texas.
The duo would be denied that opportunity. But that disappointment would set a course for a journey that almost everyone else who tried, failed at. This monumental task was to start a viable professional football league to compete with the NFL. They would go on to found the American Football League (AFL) with Bud Adams starting the Houston Oilers franchise, and Hunt starting the Dallas Texans (now Kansas City Chiefs) in Dallas to fuel a Texas regional rivalry that would go on to thrill fans.