20 Facts About Houston Oilers


Houston Oilers were a professional American football team that played in Houston from its founding in 1960 to 1996 before relocating to Memphis, and later Nashville, Tennessee becoming the Tennessee Titans.

FactSnippet No. 667,053

The Houston Oilers began play in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League .

FactSnippet No. 667,054

Houston Oilers were the first champions of the American Football League, winning the 1960 and 1961 contests, but they never won another championship.

FactSnippet No. 667,055

The Houston Oilers appeared in the 1962 AFL Championship, losing in double overtime to their in-state rivals, the Dallas Texans ; they won the AFL East Division title in 1967 and qualified for the AFL Playoffs in 1969, both times losing to the Oakland Raiders.

FactSnippet No. 667,056

From 1978 to 1980, the Houston Oilers, led by Bum Phillips and in the midst of the Luv Ya Blue campaign, appeared in the 1978 and 1979 AFC Championship Games, but lost both.

FactSnippet No. 667,057

The Houston Oilers were a consistent playoff team from 1987 to 1993, an era that included both of the team's only division titles, as well as the dubious distinction of being on the losing end of the largest comeback in NFL history.

FactSnippet No. 667,058

Houston Oilers' main colors were Columbia blue and white, with scarlet trim, while their logo was a simple derrick.

FactSnippet No. 667,059

Houston Oilers jerseys were always Columbia blue for home and white for away.

FactSnippet No. 667,060

The Tennessee Houston Oilers played the 1997 season in Memphis before moving to Nashville in 1998.

FactSnippet No. 667,061

Houston Oilers began in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League.

FactSnippet No. 667,062

In 1962, the Houston Oilers were the first AFL team to sign an active NFL player away from the other league, when wide receiver Willard Dewveall left the Bears to join the champion Houston Oilers.

FactSnippet No. 667,063

Years immediately after the AFL-NFL Merger were not as kind to the Houston Oilers, who sank to the bottom of the AFC Central division.

FactSnippet No. 667,064

In spite of the lopsided defeat, the Houston Oilers returned home to a packed Astrodome for a pep-rally uncommon in professional sports.

FactSnippet No. 667,065

The Houston Oilers returned to the AFC Championship game for the second year in a row, only to get knocked down by the Pittsburgh Steelers again, in spite of a terrific effort by Dan Pastorini—the Steelers had shut the ailing Campbell down, yet Pastorini nearly succeeded with the modest receiving corps of Mike Renfro, Rich Caster, and Ronnie Coleman venturing into the Steelers excellent defense.

FactSnippet No. 667,066

Once again, after a tough loss, the Houston Oilers returned to their then-adoring fans who packed the Astrodome for an impromptu pep-rally for the second year in a row.

FactSnippet No. 667,067

In 1984, the Houston Oilers won a bidding war for free-agent former CFL quarterback Warren Moon, but didn't return to the playoffs that year either, with two wins and fourteen losses.

FactSnippet No. 667,068

Houston Oilers' resurgence came in the midst of a battle for the franchise's survival.

FactSnippet No. 667,069

Houston Oilers briefly rose to become a league power in the first half of the 1990s.

FactSnippet No. 667,070

In 1991, the Houston Oilers won their first division title in 25 years, and their first as an NFL team.

FactSnippet No. 667,071

Houston Oilers's idea called for a downtown domed stadium that could be reconfigured to accommodate the NBA's Houston Rockets–similar to San Antonio's Alamodome.

FactSnippet No. 667,072