Robert C. McNair was honored in the house he built, where he brought joy to 70,000 fans on Sundays.
On Friday, the Texans late Founder, Senior Chairman and Chief Executive Officer’s Celebration of Life ceremony took place at NRG Stadium and was open to the public. Texans staff, coaches and players were on hand for the 2 p.m. ceremony, following Friday’s practice.
Bill O’Brien said he was honored to attend the ceremony for the man who gave him his first shot at a head coaching job in the NFL.
“He trusted in me and I owe a lot to him,” O’Brien said. “I learned a lot from Bob about leadership. I learned a lot from Bob about what type of organization he wanted here, the respect that he had for everybody in the organization, the way that he led, the love that he had for the City of Houston. Bob meant a lot to me. Bob and Janice McNair, Cal McNair, Hannah McNair, they’ve meant a lot to myself and my family.”
A number of special guests were also present, from political figures, local leaders, dignitaries, as well as NFL owners and former Texans players. Among those in attendance were Governor Greg Abbott, Mayor Sylvester Turner, Astros owner Jim Krane, Colts owner Jim Irsay, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, and Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk.
Former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, University of South Carolina president Dr. Harris Pastides and Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church Pastor Emeritus Dr. Dave Peterson all gave moving tributes honoring McNair’s legacy.
McNair passed away on Friday, Nov. 23 at the age of 81. He is survived by his wife Janice, sons Cal and Cary, daughters, Ruth and Melissa, 15 grandchildren and two great grandsons.
Photos: The life and career of Bob McNair
Honoring the life and career of Texans Founder and CEO Bob McNair, in photos.