NFL's most influential owner: Athletes, local leaders pay tribute to Texans owner Bob McNair
HOUSTON – The world is reacting to the death of Houston Texans founder, Senior Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob McNair Friday.
A powerful force in the NFL, McNair served as chairman of the league's finance committee and as a member of the audit committee.
“We lost an incredible man today. Bob McNair had a positive impact on so many people’s lives. He was the reason professional football returned to Houston.” pic.twitter.com/z11TedHVzr— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) November 24, 2018
I will forever be grateful to Mr. McNair for believing in me and caring about me as player and a person. It was an honor to know him and witness all that he did to give back to our community. My thoughts are with Mrs. McNair, Cal and the entire McNair family. pic.twitter.com/ZprOF5iLOi— Brian Cushing (@briancushing56) November 24, 2018
Can’t thank you enough for giving a kid from Miami a chance to live out his dream of playing in the NFL. My deepest condolences goes out to the McNair family. #RIP #houstontexans https://t.co/ZZim0X5oRd— andre johnson (@johnson80) November 24, 2018
Gave me a shot and I ran with it.— Chester M. Pitts, II (@ChesterPitts) November 24, 2018
Rest in Peace Mr. McNair pic.twitter.com/V7zP8YeSrk
So deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Bob McNair. He was of course owner of the Texans and a deeply admired businessman. But much more, he was a deeply decent and generous person who made an enormous difference in the great city of Houston. He will be sorely missed.— David Leebron (@davidleebron) November 24, 2018
This man changed the lives of so many people in this great city and around the country. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to fulfill my dreams and drafting me to play for this distinguished organization. Thank you Mr. McNair. Rest In Peace and God be with the McNair family. https://t.co/nKseQW61KI— Christian Covington (@thetangibleC4) November 24, 2018
May my prayers be with the Mcnair family. I will forever be grateful to Mr. Bob Mcnair for giving me a chance to live my life long dream. A true legend— Dj Reader (@Djread98) November 24, 2018
We are saddened to learn of the passing of Bob McNair. We will never forget how gracious he was to us as we transitioned into ownership of the Bills. On behalf of the Bills we extend our deepest condolences to the McNair family, the Houston Texans and their fans.— Kim Pegula (@KimPegula) November 24, 2018
Owner Dan Snyder on the passing of Texans owner Bob McNair. pic.twitter.com/cQXTA6XbL9— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) November 24, 2018
We stand in salute to Bob McNair, a man who gave back more than he took away, making college possible for two decades of McNair Scholars and changing the lives of countless #Gamecocks. https://t.co/0Rw0BjwsSD pic.twitter.com/d0KQc53rOc— University of South Carolina (@UofSC) November 24, 2018
The McNair Foundation released the following statement:
“We are all deeply saddened by the loss of our Founder and namesake, Robert C. “Bob” McNair. Bob McNair was a profoundly generous man whose countless acts of kindness transformed an untold number of individuals – some he knew, most he never met. His passion for helping others will continue to transform students, young entrepreneurs, medical research and the community. Today, thousands of individuals have received a better education and their lives are forever changed because of Bob McNair. His life of stewardship lives through the people who have been touched by his unwavering belief that we serve God by serving others. Our thoughts and prayers are with Janice and the entire McNair family.”
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