The Tennessee Titans on Saturday announced the passing of former general manager Floyd Reese, who is credited with helping to build the franchise’s only Super Bowl team.
Reese, who had been battling cancer, was 73.
A team release said Floyd was with the Oilers-Titans franchise for 21 years, serving as GM from 1994-2006. The franchise won 111 games during his time with the team.
Among his key moves, Reese drafted defensive end Jevon Kearse, running back Eddie George and quarterback Steve McNair, and hired Jeff Fisher as coach. All were integral in the Titans’ appearance in Super Bowl XXXIV, won by the St. Louis Rams 23-16.
“This is a sad day for our Titans family,” Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk said in a statement. “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.”
Most recently, he worked as a host at ESPN 102.3 The Game radio in Nashville.