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At 68, Wade Phillips a king on Twitter

Wade Phillips proved it’s possible to have fun and win in the NFL, as the 68-year-old defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos continues his well-timed blitzes on Twitter.

Football and social media are both considered to be for the young. No doubt football is a young man’s game – just ask those that try to play past their mid-30s.

But social media? The teenagers and those in their 20s might play that “game” more often, but a well-known NFL man in his late 60s is making a case that senior citizens can play that game with aplomb, too.

From his Twitter handle – @sonofbum – to his well-timed and well-humored tweets, Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is one of the most entertaining follows for an NFL fan.

Wade’s father, Bum Phillips, worked his way up from a high school coach in the 1950s and ’60s to the easily recognizable head coach of the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints. He was hard to miss with his large personality with a big cowboy hat to match while he patrolled NFL sidelines for 11 years as a head coach.

Bum was credited with wise sayings that apply to life and football:

“Winning is only half of it. Having fun is the other half.”

“The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline.”

“You don’t know a ladder has splinters until you slide down it.”

Son of Bum, Wade, learned well from his masterful father.

Leading up to and during the Denver Broncos’ visit to the White House earlier this week, Phillips continue to prove he can be as witty and with-it as those 40 years younger.

Before the Broncos visited with the president of the United State, Phillips quoted a Drake song to describe his upcoming actions.

“As soon as I get it, I’m going to put it on. I might wear it all the time,” Phillips said about his Super Bowl ring, according the Denver Post. “It’s a really big ring. It’s a really big thing. I got a really big team.”

Phillips told the Post he has “Big Rings” and other Drake songs on his iPod. The fact that he has an iPod and listens to Drake at 68 years old should ingratiate himself to the younger crowd immediately.

But Phillips is also a great follow on Twitter with a witty repertoire there, as well. His tweet prior to getting to the White House and meeting President Barack Obama on Sunday was only the latest example.

Before that, however, there were many other gems, including a couple of tweaks at national radio-show hosts.

There were other entertaining barbs – some of them self-deprecating – surrounding his first Super Bowl win.

But perhaps the best @sonofbum Tweet came following the Broncos’ Super Bowl win, with a not-so-veiled barb directed at the sole proprietor of the “Dab” celebration, Cam Newton, who went down to Phillips’ in-game Super Bowl blitzes.


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