I mentioned in Gerard's previous thread, I would share information about a man who coached the then Houston Oilers.
Bill Peterson had previously coached 11 years at Florida State and one year at Rice University in Houston prior to being named head coach by owner K. S. (Bud) Adams to begin the 1972 season. Bill was eccentric and was known for saying goofy things and Bud Adams was an owner who had little personality and humor. Before taking the team to Tennessee, Bud was never popular in Houston. Nevertheless, with his coach and his "sayings" and Bud with little humor, it was not surprising he sent Coach Peterson on his way after winning only 1 game in 19.
At Florida State, Bill told a reporter:
"It's a unique camp with unique experiences. We do a lot of little things you see with a top division club, whether it is the decorations in the locker room or each kid getting their own uniform".
Also at Florida State he told the team, "you guys have to run a little more than full speed out there"; "wherever you are - be all there"; "lead us in a few words of silent prayer".
There were others but now I will fast forward to the Oilers:
"If you find yourself in a hole, quit digging".
"Men, I want you thinking of only one word all season - Super Bowl".
"I'm the football coach around here and don't you remember it".
"I'm not surprised that Dallas is starting five non-regulars against us. I know I would do it if in Tom Landry's position. In fact, I would like to be playing against Houston myself".
When asked if he thought it would rain the day of the game, he responded, "how would I know, I am not a geologist".
"The greatest thing just happened to me. I just got indicted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. They had a standing observation for me".
"I used to have this slight speech implement and couldn't remember things until I took the Sam Carnegie course".
Two of my all-time favorites:
"I want you guys to pair up in groups of three and then line up in a circle".
For the Oilers team picture he stated, "you guys line up alphabetically by height".
Bill had a couple of biblical sayings which I will share later in the thread.
I wish everyone well with their picks.