Texans owner Bob McNair dies at 81

Texans owner Bob McNair dies at 81

Texans owner Bob McNair died Friday at the age of 81.

No cause of death was announced, but he had battled multiple types over cancer over the last few years. The Texans said in a release McNair “passed away peacefully.”

McNair is the only owner the Texans organization has ever had. He paid $700 million for their expansion in 1999 and has been the team’s CEO and team chairman since.

The Texans came to Houston after the Oilers left for Tennessee in 1997 and eventually became the Titans.

McNair was born in Tampa, Fla, and was raised in Forest City, N.C. He graduated from South Carolina in 1958.

“Mr. McNair was an amazing man who made tremendous contributions to the NFL and the City of Houston,” Texans head coach Bill O’Brien wrote 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.”

McNair is survived by his four children, two sons Cary and Cal and two daughters Ruth and Melissa.

The Texans play the Titans on Monday at 8:15 p.m. ET.