Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips fought back tears Sunday, talking about his father Bum Phillips.
The beloved Oilers coach passed away Friday at the age of 90.
"The reason I'm a coach is because of him," said Wade. "He's my hero."
Wade remembered his father and all the years they spent together.
"He was my high school coach, my college coach," said Wade. "Coached for him and with him for 11 years. I was really lucky to have all those years with him."
Texans head coach Gary Kubiak remembered Bum from when he was a ball boy.
"He was always coach to me," said Kubiak. "I was thinking about him all day today. My first taste of the NFL was him bringing me to this stadium as a ball boy."
Houstonians will forever remember Bum, along with former Houston Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini.
"I miss him dearly," said Pastorini. "But I have so many great memories of him. I told him he touched so many people's lives whether they met him on the street or whether they had the pleasure of playing for him."
Even those who've never had the opportunity to play for Bum understand just how much he meant to fans. Texans star JJ Watt sent goose bumps throughout the city when he celebrated a sack Sunday with a tip of his cap in honor of the coach in the cowboy hat.