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The man who drafted many of the iconic players in Tennessee Titans history and built the franchise’s only Super Bowl team has passed away.
The Titans announced former general manager Floyd Reese died Saturday morning at the age of 73.
Reese spent 21 years with the Titans and Oilers. He was the team’s general manager from 1994 to 2006.
According to the team, the franchise won 111 games during his tenure. Reese hired Jeff Fisher as coach and drafted running back Eddie George, defensive end Jevon Kearse and quarterback Steve McNair, all building-block members of the Titans team that advanced to Super Bowl XXXIV.
Jared Stillman of 102.5 FM in Nashville originally reported Reese’s passing.
It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce the passing of former @Titans GM Floyd Reese and my former radio partner. He loved you all as much as you loved him. And I know you will all miss him as much as I will.
— Jared Stillman (@JaredStillman) August 21, 2021
Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk issued a statement on Reese’s passing.
“This is a sad day for our Titans family. I would like to send along my deepest condolences to Floyd’s wife, Sally, to his children, grandchildren and extended family. Floyd spent over two decades with our franchise in a variety of roles – position coach, assistant general manager and ultimately, general manager – and he excelled at all of them. As general manager, he built a team that saw sustained success and helped guide our franchise in the toughest of times and the highest moments. His keen eye for talent led him to some of the best players in our team’s history, which led the team to some of our greatest accomplishments. We look forward to remembering and honoring his legacy this season as he is formally inducted into our Ring of Honor.”
Reese left the Titans after the 2006 season.