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Art Horridge-Houston Oilers mascot ‘Roughneck’ passed away

Art Horridge-Houston Oilers mascot ‘Roughneck’ passed away

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It’s so hard for us to announce that sadly we were informed the Houston Oilers mascot ‘Roughneck’ Art Horridge passed away on May 20, 2022, at the age of 86. May he rest in peace.

There was not a louder football stadium than the Astrodome in the late 1970s. Great ones such as Earl Campbell and Elvin Bethea had lots of works to do with that Luv Ya Blue fervor, while some of the honor belongs to Art Horridge.

Horridge, Horridge who spent more than two decades as the Houston Oilers’ mascot they called Roughneck, lost his life at the age of 86, according to KPRC2’s Randy McIlvoy.

12/10/1979 – Houston Oilers Roughneck mascot Art Horridge (RIGHT) raises his arms in triumph while escorting coach Bum Phillips off the field after the Oilers 20-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night football in the Astrodome.
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the Houston Oilers mascot ‘Roughneck’ Art Horridge passed away on May 20, 2022
Oilers always appeared with a Columbia blue shirt over his shoulder pads with a shiny chrome hardhat remembered with the Oilers’ oil derrick logo and he carried a 48-inch rig wrench, which he used to implore the Astrodome to make some noise.
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Before the Oilers’ 1979 AFC Championship Game in Pittsburgh, Horridge told The Washington Post that he used to carry a plastic wrench with him at games, but he switched to a real one that weighed 44 pounds after some Steelers fans tried to rough him up in Pittsburgh after the AFC title game the previous season.

The news came out just days after Andrew Woolfolk’s cause of death was released. He passed away, announced officially on April 26, 2022, at the age of 71, due to a long-term illness.

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