Tennessee Oilers

1997 Tennessee Oilers season

The 1997 season was the Tennessee Oilers 38th season and their 28th in the NFL.


NFL Draft

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
18 Tennessee Oilers Kenny Holmes Defensive end Miami

Regular Season

The Oilers' new stadium would not be ready until 1999, however, and the largest stadium in Nashville at the time, Vanderbilt Stadium on the campus of Vanderbilt University, seated only 41,000. At first, Adams rejected Vanderbilt Stadium even as a temporary facility and announced that the renamed Tennessee Oilers would play the next two seasons at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis. The team would be based in Nashville, commuting to Memphis only for games--in effect, consigning the Oilers to 32 road games for the next two years. Even though this arrangement was acceptable to the NFL and the Oilers at the time, few people in either Memphis or Nashville were pleased by it. Memphis had made numerous attempts to get an NFL team, and many people in the area wanted nothing to do with a team that would be lost in only two years--especially to longtime rival Nashville. Conversely, Nashvillians showed little inclination to drive over 200 miles to see "their" team.

Season Standings

AFC Central
Pittsburgh Steelers 11 5 0 .688 372 307
Jacksonville Jaguars 11 5 0 .688 394 318
Tennessee Oilers 8 8 0 .500 333 310
Cincinnati Bengals 7 9 0 .438 355 405
Baltimore Ravens 6 9 1 .406 326 345

Season Schedule

Game Date Opponent Result Oilers points Opponents Record



Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs CB

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

Rookies in italics


Awards and records



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