Tommy Smith retires as Titans CEO

Tennessee Titans President and CEO Tommy Smith announced he's retiring. “I have given this decision very careful thought, and while I dearly love the Titans and am proud of my active role with the franchise over many decades, I can’t serve two big roles as effectively as I had hoped," Smith said. "My family, my long-term personal health and the ability to make sound daily decisions for two fine companies all came into play. “We have made some moves within the Titans organization, both on and off the field, that I believe will bring some very positive immediate results. There is a side of me that wishes I could continue to be heavily involved, but I will remain an avid Titans fan while leaving those decisions in the hands of professionals who are fully focused. My family and Adams Resources will get my full-time attention.” Smith will continue to manage Adams Resources, which has more than $4 billion in annual revenues and 870 employees. The company and its subsidiaries engage in crude oil marketing, tank truck transportation of liquid chemicals and oil and gas exploration and production. Replacing Smith at the helm of the team at least on a short-time basis will be Steve Underwood, a familiar face for Titans fans because he served for six years as the senior executive vice president who oversaw day-to-day operations for the team after having been a general counsel and handling other key roles. Underwood retired in 2011. Between serving the team when he was in private legal practice when the franchise was the Houston Oilers, and his work within the team’s hierarchy, Underwood’s experience with the Oilers and Titans spanned 35 years. Smith is married to Susie Adams Smith, who along with Amy Adams Strunk and Kenneth Adams IV, serves as a director of the team founded more than 50 years ago by the late K.S. “Bud” Adams Jr. The senior Adams died in October 2013. Smith took over the team’s oversight and management after the death of his father-in-law. Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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