The Tennessee Titans wore a helmet decal during their preseason finale against the Chicago Bears in honor of former general manager Floyd Reese, who died on Aug. 21 at the age of 73.
Reese joined the organization in 1986, when it was known as the Houston Oilers, as the linebackers coach. He was then promoted to assistant general manager in 1990 after then-Atlanta Falcons head coach Jerry Glanville attempted to hire him as an assistant head coach.
Reese replaced Mike Holovak as general manager in 1994 and held that position until his resignation in 2006. During his 13 seasons as general manager, he oversaw the franchise’s move from Houston to Nashville – by way of Memphis – and renaming to the Titans.
The franchise went from 2-14 in 1994 to 13-3 in 1999, falling just a little more than one yard short of winning Super Bowl XXXIV. The Titans also reached the AFC Championship Game during the 2002 season.
Tennessee is set to induct Reese into its Ring of Honor later this season. It’s unclear, however, if the Titans plan to wear the decal for any additional games.
“This is one of the highest, if not the highest honor, that we could bestow on somebody that’s not in the NFL Hall of Fame,” Reese said earlier this summer upon learning of his induction into the Ring of Honor. “And so that kind of makes you realize that this is special.
“I know it is special too because there’s been so much time and effort that we put in – not just me, but Jeff, and everybody involved, I mean, for years and years and years. To have this come true for me is a special treat.”
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