Titans say no way to Texans wearing Oilers throwbacks

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DeAndre Hopkins and J.J. Watt both publicly have expressed a desire to wear the Houston Oilers’ uniforms as a throwback. That, though, isn’t going to happen.

The Titans own the rights to everything Oilers.

“That’s very interesting, except the Oilers don’t have anything to do with the Texans,” Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk told Paul Kuharsky of paulkuharsky.com. “That’s a hard no.”

Watt told Kuharsky on Thursday that he understood the Titans’ position but is disappointed.

“People think I don’t understand that we have no rights whatsoever to the Oilers’ history or uniforms, haha,” Watt said. “I understand it completely. It doesn’t mean I can’t still enjoy those uniforms and wish we did have the rights.”

Instead, Strunk said the Titans could wear Oilers throwbacks one day. (The ultimate indignity would come if the Titans wore the Oilers’ uniforms for a game in Houston.)

“I think that would be something I would take to the fans,” Strunk said. “If they were on the board and excited. I mean, so many people love those uniforms, so maybe. Maybe we’ll put a survey out there and sometime if they love them and wanted it to happen, I’m sure we could make it happen.”

Titans fans don’t seem nearly as excited to see the Houston Oilers jerseys as Houston Texans fans do, but the Titans are more likely to wear the throwbacks than the Texans are.

37 responses to “Titans say no way to Texans wearing Oilers throwbacks

  1. So ridiculous to take the team names out of the states that were watching and rooting for them. The Baltimore team should get the Colts name back. The Texans needs to be the Houston Oilers. Somebody wake up here and make this right.

  2. Struck with the hard no! Titans fans would rather have their team wear UT orange than the old Oiler throwbacks.

  3. Sell the rights to the Texans and donate the proceeds from the sale to a really good cause. Let Houston have the Oilers for $1 million.

  4. The reality is nobody other than Nashville associates the Oilers with Tennessee. And as quickly as they changed their name to the Titans, I don’t see why they’re so eager to keep the name other than spite. As a Texan’s fan, I don’t much care except for guys like Ray Childress and Earl Campbell that are Texas boys through and through being associated with the account Tennessee Titans. That is just sad.

  5. Houston fans are so cute. The Oilers belong to the Titans, you wanted them GONE and they left.

    For those speaking on the Titans recent nosedive from the NFLs upper echelon, remember, we’ve been past the Division Round of the playoffs before, and actually made it to a Super Bowl.

    Enjoy those meaningless division titles you won while the rest of the division was down, it’ll be your Super Bowl. Houston will go another 60 years without a Super Bowl.

  6. Patriots fan here. Absolutely loved the old Houston Oilers uniforms. Earl Campbell was the greatest RB I’ve ever seen. Luv ya blue was awesome. I hated that name/uniform going away. The Texans should scrap this crap and go Oilers again. What would the Tennessee Titans care?
    Do it!!!!!

  7. It’s hilarious watching an expansion team attempting to be relevant by these tactics. Tennessee Titans ARE the Oilers franchise that moved to Tennessee when Houston no longer wanted them. Bud Adams founded the Oilers and retained all rights when he moved them. Houston Texans have only been a team since 2002.

    Make your own history, Texans, and stop trying to claim that of another franchise.

  8. That’s too bad. I think the Oilers’ helmets were cool but, then again, I think the old Buccaneers uniforms were cool.

  9. I think wearing them against the Texans would be honorable. I think it’s very appropriate.
    Maybe some people might want to take it in a different thought. That’s their problem.
    It should be a celebration of both the Oilers/Titans history and Houston’s football legacy.

  10. That’s a shame. I always felt bad for Oilers fans. Lost the team… when Houston got the new team it should’ve been the Oilers. If you move a team, the name should stay. Colors too. At least Cleveland got that right.

  11. When a team moves, the name should stay. It should be a requirement by the league. Sure, you can move, but you can’t take the name with you. It’s a travesty that some of the greatest logos and uniforms in sports are now dead because of ego-maniac owners. The Minnesota North Stars is at the top of that list.

  12. The NFL requires that a player must wear the same helmet throughout the year. Hence, neither team can wear the Houston Oilers throwback uniforms. That would require that a team use white helmets for the Oilers throwbacks, and currently each team now has dark navy blue helmets. The recent rule as of a few years ago was created to prevent concussions because the research shows that the more worn in a helmet becomes the safer it is in preventing concussions. Therefore the newer helmets required for a throwback uniform would be considered more likey to lead to concussions. That’s why we never see the New England Patriots wear their throwbacks anymore. They can’t becuase their current helmet color is silver, and the throwbacks uniforms require a white colored helmet.

  13. No one has loyalty to a franchise. They have loyalty to the city. The Adams family just hates Houston, sadly, so nothing will ever be done about it.

  14. This whole mess started when Warren Moon left the Oilers in 1994. Cody Carlson was expected to take over at QB, but he was a stiff you would rather hold a clipboard.

    The 1994 season was a disaster with the losses getting worse each week. After a 2-14 season, the fans were extremely frustrated and the Oilers gave Jeff Fischer the HC job. In 1995 the Oilers played alot better but the fans were fed up with Bud Adams shouts for a new stadium and didnt support the team enough.

    In 1996 Eddie George came in and was rookie of the year, but the fans stayed away in droves after Adams threatened to move the team to Nashville. The politicians of Houston wouldnt budge, and the fans just gave up.

    Despite losing their team, the NFL suprisingly gave them another one in 2002. Dont screw it up again Houston fans.

  15. I remember having tickets to Oilers games at the Astrodome, the bleachers were so empty I would sit on 50 yard line. The city of Houston showed no love or loyalty to the Oilers. I was a die hard fan and choose to follow them to Tennessee. I stand with their choice to keep the rights to the Oilers name!!!

  16. As a Texans fan, I say good!! Wouldn’t want to be associated with that franchise or the Adams family…. literally.

  17. The NFL can’t wait to make up new rules every year. This should be the new rule & it should be enforced. IF you move your team away from the city it ORIGINATED in , you leave the old name , logo, colors BEHIND. Blieve it or not Modell did it right and left Cleveland with their heritage. The Colts DID NOT and they should have made the Colts rename themselves when they got to Indy. Same with the Cardinals when they went Arizona….yet a case could be made they originated in Chicago many years ago.

  18. Good response…Then there is the LA Rams, who started in Cleveland. Won the 1945 NFL Championship with a rookie QB in Bob Waterfield. The last team to do it, then moved to LA in 1946 to create a western time zone start to games.

  19. pooman420 says:

    March 28, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    No one has loyalty to a franchise. They have loyalty to the city. The Adams family just hates Houston, sadly, so nothing will ever be done about it.

    ——

    Yet the Adams family never left Houston.Bud Adams still lived a resided in Houston and Amy his daughter who owns the team still lives in Houston.GO FIGURE!

  20. The city of Houston had just did a refurbishment of Astrodome and Bud Adams then wanted the new stadium.He went about it the wrong way and held the fans and city hostage for a new stadium.Tennessee fans dont even like the Oilers name thats why they pushed to change the name and Adams gave in and changed it to Titans !

  21. As a Titans fan, in Tennessee, I don’t really care. They aren’t the Oilers to me.

  22. 4onafloor says:

    March 28, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    It’s hilarious watching an expansion team attempting to be relevant by these tactics. Tennessee Titans ARE the Oilers franchise that moved to Tennessee when Houston no longer wanted them. Bud Adams founded the Oilers and retained all rights when he moved them. Houston Texans have only been a team since 2002.

    Make your own history, Texans, and stop trying to claim that of another franchise.

    ———

    Texans arent an expansion team anymore hate to break it to you. They have been around for almost 20yrs now.secondly Houston wanted the Oilers,but Bud Adams acted like a jerk in trying to get a new football stadium and nobody wanted to work with him being like that.Funny thing is Bid Adams left Houston for a new stadium in Tennessee and that stadium now is ranked in the bottom 3rd of all NFL stadiums and the new one Houston gave the Texans is lightyears ahead and more modern than that dump in Nashville.If Bud Had played his cards right he could have gotten that stadium the Texans now have ,but he wanted to be the Jerk! The Texans stadium has hosted two superbowls and thats two more than the stadium Bud Adams left for in Tennessee.

    And as for Players wanting to don the old Oilers uniforms its not them trying to take any kind of hostory from the Titan ,because all that history in the Oilers uniform was made in the city of Houston and the Houston fans,NOT Nashville.OldcHouston Oilers players have nowhere to go to celebrate their careers as alumni because they never played in Tennessee.Ive publicly read articles on former Oilers players saying they dont want anything to do with Tennessee Titans because they never played there.

    Remember the Tennessee fans were the ones that pleaded with Bud Adams to get rid of the Oilers name because it wasnt a Tennessee name ,but a Houston name!

  23. Until the NFL changes the rule that mandates a team can only have one set of helmets throughout the season there will be no Oilers throwback uniforms. Hence, the Oilers throwbacks uniforms include a white helmet with the logo. The Titans nor the Texans can wear the Oilers throwbacks unless their current helmet were white. Their helmets of course are currently dark navy blue.

  24. Also, the Oilers throwback uniforms with the light shade of blue helmet with the logo can not be worn either with the current mandate that a team can only have one set of helmets throughout the second.

  25. ***The city of Houston had just did a refurbishment of Astrodome and Bud Adams then wanted the new stadium.He went about it the wrong way and held the fans and city hostage for a new stadium.Tennessee fans dont even like the Oilers name thats why they pushed to change the name and Adams gave in and changed it to Titans !***

    Tennessee needed permission from the NY Jets to be named the Titans. Jets could have said no.

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