Statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on the passing of Texans owner Bob McNair

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair died today, the team announced. He was 81. McNair brought football back to Houston after the Oilers left for Tennessee in 1996. The Texans played their first game in 2002.

Here is a statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on the passing of McNair:

“During his nearly two decades as an NFL owner, Bob McNair left a lasting mark on his city and our league. His leadership and determination brought the NFL back to Houston, built a magnificent stadium that hosted two Super Bowls, and his beloved Texans are in the midst of another successful season and are again contending for a place in the postseason. Off the field, Bob served with distinction as the chairman ‎of the Finance Committee and was recognized in his native South Carolina, his adopted home of Houston, and elsewhere for his extraordinary philanthropic and community development work.  He cared deeply about the league and was generous with his time and willingness to share his insights as an exceptional businessman.  But above all, Bob was a family man.  I extend my heartfelt condolences to Janice, their family, the Texans, and the entire Houston community.”

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair donates $1 Million to Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Efforts

The NFL Foundation will match Mr. McNair and the Houston Texans’ $1 million contribution to the United Way Relief Fund to address the immediate needs of those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The total $2 million contribution will support first response efforts by the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and the United Way of Greater Houston. Our thoughts are with the Houston community during this difficult time and we encourage fans to text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief.​