Texans owner Bob McNair has been selected to receive the inaugural Rotary Lombardi Humanitarian Award. The announcement came announced today after coach Gary Kubiak's 3:30 p.m. press conference.
The award is in recognition of McNair's charitable works (many of which are listed in his HoustonTexans.com bio). McNair will be presented with the award on Dec. 9 at the 40th annual Rotary Lombardi Award dinner at the Hilton Americas Hotel in downtown Houston.
The Rotary Lombardi Award, given annually to college football's top lineman on offense or defense, will be presented at the same banquet. Green Bay Packers legends Bart Starr and Jerry Kramer will participate in the ceremonies, as will Vince Lombardi Jr., son of the legendary coach for whom the awards are named.
"It is indeed an honor for you to select me, and I can't tell you how much I appreciate it because I had such respect for Coach Lombardi and all that he stood for," McNair said to representatives of the Rotary Club of Houston on Monday. "I recall being at the very first Lombardi dinner and have always appreciated what the Rotary Club has done in creating this Lombardi award to honor the outstanding linemen.
"I'm just delighted to be a part of it, and I look forward to the ceremony this year."
UPDATE (10/20): Click here to see a video of yesterday's presentation to McNair.