Houston- Houston Texans Chairman and Chief Operating Officer Cal McNair released a statement three days after Chairman and CEO Bob McNair passed away after battling skin cancer over the past few years. The Texans have been moving Cal McNair into a more prominent role for the Texans over the past couple seasons with Bob McNair's health declining and traveling with the team became an obstacle for the elder McNair.
The younger McNair was at the forefront when Andre Johnson retired after signing his one-day contract and it was him who stood with head coach Bill O'Brien, former general manger Rick Smith when they introduced 2017 first-round draft pick Deshaun Watson the day after he was selected to the local media.
The succession plan for the younger McNair has slowly been put in place and for nearly two full seasons, he has been involved more and more with day-to-day operations on Kirby Drive.
McNair said the following on the passing of his father.
To our Texans Family:
My father was an extraordinary man. He had many interests and dabbled in countless ventures, but his life revolved around four fundamental values: faith, family, philanthropy and football. He loved God. He loved his wife; my mother, Janice, me, my brother, Cary, my sisters, Ruth and Melissa, and all of our spouses and children. He knew the value of investing in our youth and lovingly bestowed the upcoming generations with the education, resources and funds to help this great nation continue to flourish into the future. He loved football. Not even the biggest business deal could compete with the unbridled joy he got from watching 72,000 of the most passionate fans in sports cheering their favorite team to victory at NRG Stadium. He loved his Houston Texans.
While my heart aches alongside my family and the many people who knew my father, I am emboldened by the knowledge I gained from working with him for many years, and I am committed to continuing his work alongside my mother. My promise to everyone involved with the Texans – our coaches, players, staff, fans, partners and our community, is to soldier on with the same vision my dad possessed when he returned professional football to our great city on that momentous day in October 1999: win championships, create memorable experiences and do great things for Houston.
A man as accomplished as my father saw few dreams go unrealized in his lifetime, but I know he would have traded a great many of them to bring a Lombardi Trophy to Houston. He so deeply longed to earn a Super Bowl title for Houston as the ultimate reciprocation for the love and fulfillment this community showed him over the years. It’s with great humility that we now build off the foundation laid by him in relentless pursuit of that day when his full vision is realized. To get there we will be steadfast in our devotion to you, our loyal supporters, and bettering the Houston community that means so much to my family. Nothing is more imperative to me.
My family and I would like to express our sincerest gratitude for the prayers and uplifting messages we’ve received over the past few days. In times of sorrow it’s often difficult to look forward, but through God and buoyed by the memories of my father, I can say with great clarity and conviction that the best days are ahead for the Texans and the City of Houston.
The Texans close out week 12 with their Monday Night matchup with the Tennessee Titans.