Former Minnesota Vikings, Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs owner Billy Joe “Red” McCombs has passed away at the age of 95.
The Vikings released a statement on McComb’s passing, offering thoughts and prayers to his family. McCombs purchased the Vikings in 1998 and owned them for seven years before selling the franchise to Zygi Wilf.
The Vikings enjoyed one of the greatest stretch runs in franchise history under McCombs’ leadership. In McCombs’ first year as owner, Minnesota went 15-1 and set a single-season record with 556 points scored.
Minnesota reached the postseason four times during McCombs’ tenure as the owner, including trips to the 1998 and 2000 NFC Championship Games.
McCombs purchased the Nuggets’ franchise in 1978 and also owned that organization for seven years before selling them to Sidney Shlenker in 1985. McCombs went on to become the Spurs’ owner in the 1988-89 season. Peter Holt, the current owner, joined as a minority owner in 1993 before eventually taking over as the chairman in 1996.
The McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin is named after McCombs.
McCombs married Charline Hamblin McCombs in 1950, and they stayed together until her passing in 2019. The couple had three children.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.