NFL's most influential owner: Athletes, local leaders pay tribute to Texans owner Bob McNair

By Brittany Taylor - Digital News Editor

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.

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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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