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Floyd Reese’s fingerprints are all over the Titans and Nashville, and they’re better for it.

TAMPA, Florida –
— John Robinson sat in a Raymond James Stadium suite Saturday night, watching his Tennessee Titans beat the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34-3, and, like most Titans fans, he probably walked away loving Caleb Farley’s performance, disliking parts of the reserve offensive line’s play, and wondering if Sam Ficken would be his kicker.
After a long fight with cancer, he died on Saturday at the age of 73.
Robinson said he received numerous texts on Saturday from fans across the league expressing their admiration for Reese, the best general manager in Titans/Oilers history.
“I think probably the best way I could sum it up would be, when I took the job here in Tennessee, (then-president and CEO) Steve Underwood called me in his office,” Robinson told The Athletic on Saturday.
“‘Hi, I just wanted to share something with you,’ Steve remarked.
Floyd Reese and I last spoke on the day we let him leave as GM (in 2006).
That is, until last week, when he contacted me on your behalf and gave me a call.
He thinks highly of you, and considering the last chat I had with him, I believe it says a lot about him that he would pick up the phone and vouch for you like that.