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Steve Underwood

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Steve Underwood returned to the Titans March 20, 2015 to serve as the team’s interim President, and will continue in that role through the 2015 season.

Underwood has three decades of experience in a number of roles with the franchise, including that of Senior Executive Vice President/General Counsel at the time of his retirement in 2011.

He previously served as a general counsel and in other key capacities for the franchise for a 35-year period.

Steve Underwood returned to the Titans March 20, 2015 to serve as the team’s interim President, and will continue in that role through the 2015 season.

Underwood has three decades of experience in a number of roles with the franchise, including that of Senior Executive Vice President/General Counsel at the time of his retirement in 2011.

He previously served as a general counsel and in other key capacities for the franchise for a 35-year period.

“Our organization has undergone a great deal of change over the last year and a half,” said Amy Strunk, on behalf of the Titans ownership group. “We believe that stability is important, and that has become more evident over the last two months as we examined how to best proceed with this position. Steve has a strong understanding of our organization and the NFL from his years of service, and he gives us that stability. We will review the situation at some point after the 2015 season and will make a final decision about how to proceed with filling the position on a permanent basis, as we are committed to having a CEO/President in Nashville. We attracted a grouping of candidates from diverse backgrounds over the last two months, but we decided that with the season approaching, more change would not be prudent for the organization or potential candidates. We thank Steve for his commitment to our franchise, and we know he will lead us in the right direction during this time period.”


Prior to his retirement, Underwood assumed the position of Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel/Executive Assistant to Chairman of the Board in August of 2006 and moved from Houston to Nashville. He served in that capacity until his retirement in 2011. He oversaw the organization in Nashville and reported directly to the team owner, K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr. Since he joined the franchise in 1991, he has served as General Counsel for the franchise. He also served as General Counsel for KSA Industries, Inc., the private holding company of Titans’ owner K. S. “Bud” Adams, Jr.

Underwood was heavily involved in issues related to the franchise’s relocation to Tennessee, including his role as one of the Titans’ principal negotiators with local governments in Nashville, Memphis and Houston. 

In 2006, he was named to the league’s Security Advisory Group, which recommends best practices in stadium security related issues. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Houston Bar Association and is admitted to practice before various federal courts.  He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on sports law topics at functions, law schools and seminars in Texas and Tennessee.  In 1990, Underwood was issued a special citation by a student society at Texas Southern University’s College of Law for his “educational contribution to the college.”  In 2004, he received the University of Houston Law Center’s Corporate Section Achievement Award.

Prior to joining the franchise, Underwood was an attorney for the Houston firm of Caldwell & Hurst since 1977.  For his entire tenure there, he served as the Houston Oilers’ primary counsel.  Underwood also served as a part-time business law/real estate instructor at Baytown Lee College from 1980-81, and at San Jacinto Junior College from 1981-85.

A native of Baytown, Texas, Underwood received his B.J. degree from the University of Texas and his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.  From 1974-76, while a law student, he was a legislative aide to a member of the Texas Legislature.

Underwood raised five children, including daughters Christy, Melissa, Providence and Liberty, and son, Dennis, who passed away in 2011.  Underwood and his wife, Frances, currently live in Nashville.

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