June 27, 2022

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Art Horridge – the Houston Oilers mascot ‘Roughneck’

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Fans will remember Horridge with his giant silver hard hat and wrench imploring the Astrodome crowd to get loud for the Oilers

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It was hard to find a louder football stadium than the Astrodome in the late 1970s. The likes of Earl Campbell and Elvin Bethea had plenty to do with that Luv Ya Blue fervor, but some of the credit belongs to Art Horridge.

Horridge, who spent 25 years as the Houston Oilers’ mascot they called Roughneck, died at the age of 86, according to KPRC2’s Randy McIlvoy.

Horridge always wore a Columbia blue shirt over his shoulder pads with a shiny chrome hardhat emblazoned with the Oilers’ oil derrick logo and he carried a 48-inch rig wrench, which he used to implore the Astrodome crowd to make some noise.

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.

Not only did Horridge portray a roughneck on Sunday afternoons in the fall, but he also worked in the oil fields for a while before later becoming a car salesman in Houston.



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