Current and former Tennessee Titans, as well as the rest of the NFL, are mourning the passing of former general manager Floyd Reese after it was announced he had died at the age of 73 on Saturday after a battle with cancer.
Reese held multiple positions with Tennessee, but saw the most success as its general manager, where he helped build the team that made the franchise’s only Super Bowl appearance. And, deservedly so, Reese was set to be inducted into the Titans’ Ring of Honor in 2021.
Upon learning of his passing, Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk and general manager Jon Robinson shared their thoughts and expressed their condolences, per Jim Wyatt of Titans Online.
“This is a sad day for our Titans family,” Strunk said. “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.”
“I’m saddened to hear about the passing of Floyd Reese and my heartfelt condolences go out to Ms. Sally, the family, and all that were close to him,” Robinson said on Saturday. “He was a great man. He loved his family, he loved football, and he loved the Titans. I learned a lot from him, he was always willing to listen, and he wanted to pass on his knowledge of the game to me and so many others. I’m forever grateful that I could call him a friend. Thank you for everything Floyd, I’ll see you again someday!”
The man who coached that Super Bowl team Reese was responsible for building, Jeff Fisher, also reflected on his life and overall impact.
“Yesterday we lost one of the greatest football teammates anyone could ever have,” Fisher tweeted. “Floyd Reese was an exceptional human being — dedicated, driven and committed to his family, friends and football. My prayers are with Sally and the Reese family.”
Other former Titans and many more took to social media to mourn Floyd’s passing, which made clear that his impact was felt far and wide.
R.I.P Floyd Reese!! Thanks for the opportunity and taking a chance on me!! pic.twitter.com/aIobDdbiku
— Vince Young (@VinceYoung10) August 21, 2021
Will be forever grateful for Floyd Reese bring me to the @Titans . Condolences to his family #TitanUp https://t.co/WzggTx3e6N
— Kevin Mawae (@KevinMawae) August 21, 2021
Frank Wycheck on Floyd Reese: “I loved that man. Took a chance on me when no one else would. I never wanted to let him down. He kept us together during our peak years. I will miss him. Thoughts and prayers go out to Sally and his children.” #Titans
— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) August 22, 2021
Bill Belichick on the passing of Floyd Reese pic.twitter.com/xy49Zqiwdi
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) August 22, 2021
Floyd Reese was a kind soul. Called everybody “Bo.” Always returned calls, sometimes 3-4 times a day. Sometimes got mad, but he usually got over it. Had a great laugh. Was fun to be around. Was also a really good GM. He’ll be missed. Condolences to his family and friends. @Titans https://t.co/65W7sljbWz
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) August 21, 2021
Another one the good people. Floyd Reese. RIP. https://t.co/oSDFOu8VWo
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) August 21, 2021
Floyd Reese was a Nashville legend, beloved by fans all over our community as GM of the @Titans and on our airwaves as a sports radio host for @1025TheGame.
The Predators extend their deepest condolences to Floyd’s family and friends. He will be greatly missed.
— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) August 21, 2021
So sad to learn about the death of longtime Oilers assistant coach, assistant GM and GM Floyd Reese after a lengthy battle with cancer. I met Floyd in 1986 when Jerry Glanville hired him to coach LBs. They called him “Sarge” cause he coached them like a Marine drill instructor.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) August 21, 2021
Heartbroken to hear about the passing of my friend and former co-worker at @1025TheGame Floyd Reese. Was incredible to work with & learn from him at the very start of my career. Some words from Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk & GM Jon Robinson on Floyd pic.twitter.com/K0lZDYX57S
— Buck Reising (@BuckReising) August 21, 2021
May he rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with Reese’s family and friends at this difficult time.
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