NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Chiefs owner Clark Hunt and Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk were raised around football, by influential fathers.
Lamar Hunt and Bud Adams founded the AFL together in 1959, and were members of the “Foolish Club.’’ Even before the league's merger with the NFL, Hunt moved his Dallas Texans to Kansas City in 1963, and renamed them the Chiefs. Adams became owner of the Houston Oilers, who would later become the Tennessee Titans.
So Clark Hunt, who has been involved in the leadership of the Chiefs for more than a decade, knows the Adams family well. He said he’s been impressed with Strunk’s approach to running the franchise since taking over.
He's noticed a lot of changes in the past year.
“She is somebody who has been around the business for a long time, and she understands the issues.”
Hunt made his comments to Titans Online during an interview on the red carpet at the NFL Honors in Houston. Two days earlier, he was with Strunk at a Super Bowl gathering put on by Houston Texans owner Bob McNair.
“She has been very, very committed,’’ Hunt said of Strunk. “I know she is very, very involved and very passionate about the Titans.”
Bud Adams passed away in October 2013. Strunk assumed the role of controlling owner of the Titans in March 2015 and also serves as the co-chairman of the franchise’s Board of Directors.
Strunk has made some bold moves since, including changes at general manager and head coach. She hired Jon Robinson to replace Ruston Webster last January, and named Mike Mularkey head coach after parting ways with Ken Whisenhunt in the middle of the 2015 season. The Titans went 9-7 in 2016, a six-game win total improvement compared to the previous season.
So, does Hunt see some of Mr. Adams in his daughter?
“But it’s easy to see how passionate (Amy) is about the Titans.”
Hunt said the two have remained friendly, even after the Titans rallied to beat the Chiefs 19-17 in December.
Hunt’s feelings about
“That is one of the unique things about the business, is that on Sunday you are trying to beat your friends,’’ Hunt said. “But the rest of the week you truly are friends and you go to meetings and deal with common problems and happily go to dinner together. So we’re still friends, even after that game.”