This evening, Founder, Chairman and CEO of the Houston Texans Bob McNair was honored by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame as the 2018 Lamar Hunt Lifetime Achievement Award winner for his vision, leadership and commitment to the Houston community.
"Everywhere you go, you see Bob and Janice McNair contributing to the community," said chairman of Super Bowl LI Ric Campo. "Not only has he contributed to the cultural aspect and the quality of life to Texans, but he gives back times ten to the community from a philanthropic perspective - and that's even bigger."
Previous winners of this award were Red McCombs, Don Carter, Drayton McLane, Dave Campbell and Rudy Davalos - all individuals that had a tremendous impact on the state of Texas.
"You are talking about one of the premier philanthropist- not in the city of Houston or the state of Texas - but across the country," said President and CEO of Texas Sports Hall of Fame Allan Cooper Jones. "The impact on - not just this city - but across the United States the McNair family has is truly amazing."
Alongside bringing football back to the city of Houston, McNair led the city in hosting two Super Bowls, revived Houston's collegiate bowl game in the Texas Bowl and hosted Copa America - just to name a few.
"You think back to a sports perspective, we are so appreciative to have professional football back in the city of Houston," Jones said. "For all of us, we owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to them. You take a look at the impact the Texans have had on this city, especially this past year as difficult times happened, a leader in the community were the Texans."
Along with the award, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame founded a permanent endowment - the McNair Endowment - to support education, scholastic research and community involvement in Houston, Waco and other communities across the state of Texas.