Texans owner Bob McNair dies at 81

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The man who brought an NFL back to Houston in 2002 has died. Bob McNair was 81.

“It is with deep sadness that we announce Houston Texans Founder, Senior Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and philanthropist, Robert C. McNair passed away peacefully in Houston today with his loving wife, Janice, and his family by his side,” the Texans announced in a statement.

McNair successfully landed an expansion franchise for Houston in 1999, two years after the Oilers moved to Tennessee and became the Titans. The Texans debuted in 2002.

The Titans return to Houston on Monday night to face McNair’s Texans, who have won seven games in a row after starting the year 0-3.

“Mr. McNair was an amazing man who made tremendous contributions to the NFL and the City of Houston,” coach Bill O’Brien said in a statement. “He was a very caring, thoughtful and passionate individual. As much as he cared about winning, I think the thing I will remember most about Mr. McNair is the way he cared about the players. I know how much giving back meant to him and his loyalty and generosity to the City of Houston and our community will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with Janice and the McNair Family.”

We extend our condolences to his family, friends, and the Texans organization.

38 responses to “Texans owner Bob McNair dies at 81

  1. I can’t thank him enough for bringing football back to the city of Houston. Rest easy Mr McNair.

  2. RIP Mr. McNair. This is a loss not only to the NFL but to horse racing as he also owned horses. One notable was a horse named Congaree, who finished 3rd in the 2001 Kentucky Derby.

  3. First Paul Allen, now Bob McNair. Hasn’t been a good year for NFL owners health-wise, unfortunately. R.I.P. Wish his family and the fans the best.

  4. RIP Mr. Bob The NFL will never be able to send the team name out of state/ “TEXANS” for Houston and Texas.

  5. R.I.P Mr. McNair. I’m going throw one back tonight for the man that brought football back to H-Town…

  6. McNair helped dozens – probably hundreds – of charitable causes. He always kept a low profile about his donations, but they added up to more than half a billion dollars. That’s more than he paid for the franchise. I can understand those who only know about a misstatement or two he made, the type of verbal faux pas all of us make from time-to-time. But I don’t think that anyone who really knew him would have a bad word yo say about him.

  7. Condolences to his family, friends and team.

    I’d like people to remember this is essentially an obituary, keep it respectful or keep it to yourself.

  8. people voting down comments that merely thank a man for bringing ball to their city shows there is something inherently wrong with a certain percentage of people.
    i mean what kind of person thinks like that.
    might easy to take cheap shots at dead folks

  9. People just type RIP, condolences, etc. and they receive down votes. I just don’t get people.

    RIP, sir!

  10. Prayers for those of you that are giving thumbs down to RIP comments.
    Rest in Peace Mr McNair, thank you for bringing NFL back to HTown

  11. 1999afcchampions says:
    November 23, 2018 at 7:01 pm
    RIP Bob.

    172 31 Rate This
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    Who down votes these sentiments? SMH

  12. NFL owners get reputations as bad guys, and sometimes that’s the case. But most owners are good people who try to do good things in their communities, often without recognition. People dislike them because they are millionaires. Well it’s my view that the more millionaires in this country, the better. Because they are the ones who provide jobs for people and keep the economy running. They also have something we all need more of — the drive to be the best at what you do.
    One of the biggest problems in this country today is we don’t produce anything anymore. Anywhere you go you’ll see factories or mills which used to employ hundreds of people and are now abandoned. Those places provided jobs for people for generations. In my town, we once had two car dealerships within 100 yards of one another — one Ford, the other Chevy. I always bought my cars from them because I wanted to see them stay. They were here since the late 30’s. They both closed down about 20 years ago and the one is still abandoned and the other one they turned into a mini-mall and it has a liquor store and a smoke shop in it now. I think they probably employ about 5 people total in both stores and the town gets minimal tax revenue from them. The ripple effect when places like auto dealerships close down is felt by all of us.
    So — R.I.P. Mr. McNair and hopefully your family will honor your legacy by continuing their support of the Texans and the surrounding community.

  13. NFL owners get reputations as bad guys, and sometimes that’s the case. But most owners are good people who try to do good things in their communities, often without recognition. People dislike them because they are millionaires. Well it’s my view that the more millionaires in this country, the better. Because they are the ones who provide jobs for people and keep the economy running. They also have something we all need more of — the drive to be the best at what you do.
    One of the biggest problems in this country today is we don’t produce anything anymore. Anywhere you go you’ll see factories or mills which used to employ hundreds of people and are now abandoned. Those places provided jobs for people for generations. In my town, we once had two car dealerships within 100 yards of one another — one Ford, the other Chevy. I always bought my cars from them because I wanted to see them stay. They were here since the late 30’s. They both closed down about 20 years ago and the one is still abandoned and the other one they turned into a mini-mall and it has a liquor store and a smoke shop in it now. I think they probably employ about 5 people total in both stores and the town gets minimal tax revenue from them. The ripple effect when places like auto dealerships close down is felt by all of us.
    So — R.I.P. Mr. McNair and hopefully your family will honor your legacy by continuing their support of the Texans and the surrounding community ….

    Well said ….

  14. Who down votes these sentiments?
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    Dumb people who are still worked up about his “inmates running the prison” comment because they don’t understand the difference between a business expression and a racist one.

  15. I understand the people who liked him and the people that didn’t like him. Seems about right for a person’s life. He probably wasn’t the worst person in the world but I’m certain he wasn’t a saint either. He’s dead. So what? Great or dumb people die every second. How many people died in the time it took me to type this?

  16. bmbbqbull says:
    November 24, 2018 at 9:59 am
    He’s dead. So what? Great or dumb people die every second.
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    I’m gonna guess you not one of the great people.

  17. he mistreated people… the special teams coach on Kubiaks staff he wanted fired but Kubiak didn’t do it. Smith even hired the replacement… When Bob got apoplectic after the Jax game and fired Kubiak he fired the special teams coach too Marciano(sp) he could have just waited and let O’Brien do it since he fired every one else but McNair and Smith made it personal. Rich yes but great no!

  18. He gave $100 million to Baylor to help recruit top scientists & physicians. Don’t care for his politics but have to give him kudos for that.

  19. tylawspick6 said:”

    bigoted and lying people are a disgrace”

    I am not sure what this is all about, but it seems to me that if every person was forever held accountable for things they may have said in their lifetime, the world would be a pretty sad place. The mere fact that you can’t let it go even after the man has died says more about you than him.

  20. Thumbs down to all you who gave a thumbs down on the RIP. I hope you’re proud of your loser selves. Nobody’s perfect, but this takes things to a new low. Shame on you!

  21. For all of you asking, the thumbs down votes on RIP messages are from Leftists. McNair misspoke in a way that offended them one time so they feel the need to hound the man to the grave and beyond. I don’t recall what he said to offend them because it really wasn’t noteworthy. But this is a species that needs grievance more than food and water to survive.

  22. tylawspick6 says:
    November 24, 2018 at 10:48 am
    bigoted and lying people are a disgrace

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    So are people who say negative things about someone who has just passed away. I do not know one person who isn’t bigoted in some way or doesn’t lie — not one. And it’s been my experience that liberals are often the most bigoted people and biggest liars I’ve met.
    Look us all in the eye and tell us you have never lied and don’t have prejudices. You can’t, because we all lie and have prejudices. Anyone who says they don’t is lying right then.

  23. autumnwind999 says:
    November 24, 2018 at 5:33 pm
    For all of you asking, the thumbs down votes on RIP messages are from Leftists. McNair misspoke in a way that offended them one time so they feel the need to hound the man to the grave and beyond. I don’t recall what he said to offend them because it really wasn’t noteworthy. But this is a species that needs grievance more than food and water to survive.

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    Well said. It’s funny how when a liberal says something racist, it is immediately glossed over by the left. It’s as if they are immune from criticism when they make racist remarks.
    I voted for Donald Trump because I thought he was smarter and more truthful than Hillary Clinton and the rest of the Dems. Do you know how many times I have been called a racist when I tell people I voted for him? It’s unbelievably arrogant and unbelievably stupid.
    I am no more racist for having voted for Trump than the overwhelming population of blacks who voted for President O’Bama in two elections. The difference is when O’Bama was elected, I supported him because he was our President and I wanted him to do well as our President because I love this country. I still respect him and think he deserves credit for some things he did. Compare that to the way the liberals have reacted since Donald Trump was elected. If I have to tell you the difference, you must be one of them.

  24. …”And it’s been my experience that liberals are often the most bigoted people and biggest liars I’ve me… ”

    Proudly said by the biggest hypocrites on this planet. Any Maga
    lover is their bitter way of saying “make ‘america’ (aka) great babylonia.. HATE
    AGAIN… Checkout Revelation 17-18 and see the future of your “great
    country.. – CyberGuard 18

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