The Texans charged to a 34-17 win over the Titans on Monday night, and J.J. Watt dedicated the victory to their recently departed leader.
The veteran defensive end devoted Houston’s win to team owner and founder Bob McNair, who died Friday at age 81 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
“All he wanted for Houston was a winner,” Watt told ESPN after the game. “All he wanted for us every week was a winner, and tonight that was for him. We’re glad we could get one in his stadium, in his building, and I believe he was watching. So that one was for you, Mr. McNair.”
Texans coach Bill O’Brien echoed Watt’s sentiment and presented Cal McNair, Bob’s son and the team’s chairman and chief operating officer, with the game ball.
“We had a great man who owned this team, who founded this team,” O’Brien told his players after the game. “Bob McNair passed away, and that game right there is Houston Texans football right there. And that was for Bob McNair.”
“That is Houston #Texans football right there, and that was for Bob McNair.”
Inside the locker room after the win. pic.twitter.com/9u7AiYxbzV
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) November 27, 2018
The Texans honored McNair with special logos bearing the initials “RCM” on each player’s helmet and on the field at NRG Stadium. The team also opened the game with a video tribute and performance of “Amazing Grace.”
Texans held pregame tribute to late owner Bob McNair with cadet choir, memorial video and shots of fan signs pic.twitter.com/Ir4pmDMmu3
— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) November 27, 2018
The Texans (8-3) will go for nine straight wins when they host the Browns (4-6-1) at 1 p.m. ET in Week 13 action.