Saturday the streets of downtown were
filled with lumberjack spirit during SFA's homecoming celebration.
"There's a lot to do and a lot of
positive vibes," said Andrew Collins, Coordinator Athletic Operations.
Students and alumni celebrated the
school's 90 year anniversary while remembering the life of Bum Phillips, a
football legend and former lumberjack.
"The guy is a legend in his own
right and it's unfortunate he passed away and he will be missed," said Kevin
Carberry, SFA Defensive End Coach.
"He loved football he talked football no
matter where he was at or what he was doing football was his life," said
Gene Hampton, SFA Alumni Class of 1963.
The former Houston Oilers and New
Orleans Saints coach died Friday night at the age of 90.
Gene Hampton graduated from SFA in 1963
and says he got know Phillips while he was playing football at SFA.
"He brought the Houston Oilers to
Nacogdoches to workout preseason and so he made a real big impact on Nacogdoches
and surrounding counties," said Hampton.
Phillips's lettered in football in
1948, his jersey was retired in 1981.
Bob Sitton says he was a part of the
alumni association for 15 years and was able to present Phillips with the
Distinguished Alumni Award while he was still coaching the oilers.
"High school all the way through
professional football, he was a great football mind and highly respected,"
Defensive End Coach Kevin Carberry
describes Philips as someone every coach and player can look up too and he
hopes the lumberjack's performance today
will live up to his standards.
"I think he want SFA to take home
a win today I'm sure he'll be looking down on us," said Carberry.
And officials say in the midst of tradition
and celebration Phillip's legacy will live on.
"With the passing of Bum Phillips
obviously we come together and our hearts go out to the Phillips family," said
Phillips is survived by his second wife, Debbie, and six
children from his first marriage and nearly two dozen grandchildren.
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