Bum Phillips Hospitalized

Former Oilers coach undergoes triple bypass surgery

HOUSTON (AP) _ Doctors say 81-year-old ex-Houston Oilers coach

Bum Phillips should make a full recovery from heart surgery.

Phillips, who lives on his horse ranch in Goliad, was

transferred by ambulance to Houston after having chest pains.

Cardiologist Ronald Mahoney with Memorial Hermann Southwest

Hospital says doctors did triple bypass surgery Friday on Phillips

after discovering blockage in his arteries.

No evidence of heart damage was found.

Phillips, who recently had some symptoms of heart problems, was

in intensive care.

Phillips coached the Oilers from 1975-80 and became an icon in


He was fired on New Year's Eve of 1980 after the Oilers lost a

playoff game to the Oakland Raiders.

Phillips then coached the New Orleans Saints from 1981 to 1985,

before retiring to his ranch.

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