Interpreting the mythology behind these Titans isn't so hard if you know something about football. Tennessee Football owns and operates the Tennessee Titans professional football team that represents Nashville in the National Football League. A charter member of the American Football League, the franchise was founded by Texas oilman Bud Adams as the Houston Oilers in 1959 and joined the NFL in 1970. It moved to the Volunteer State in 1997, originally playing in Memphis before settling in Music City (and changing its name) the following year. Tennessee made its first and only appearance in the Super Bowl at the end of the 1999 season, losing to the St. Louis Rams. Adams continues to control the team.
Building materials supplier Louisiana-Pacific ponied up $30 million in 2006 for a 10-year sponsorship deal that renamed the team's home stadium LP Field. The publicly financed sports facility had previously been known as Adelphia Coliseum before cable company Adelphia Communications filed for bankruptcy in 2002.
Head coach Jeff Fisher parted ways with the organization on the heels of a disappointing 2010 campaign, ending a 16 season run as the team's figurehead. Fisher, who led the team through its transition from Houston to Nashville and to its one and only Super Bowl appearance, noted a need to take a break from coaching after such a long stretch in charge of an NFL team. The Titans hired former player and offensive line coach Mike Munchak to replace Fisher as head coach for the 2011 season.
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