The Houston Texans are inducting Bob McNair into their Ring of Honor, the team announced Tuesday.
McNair, who is the late owner and founder of the AFC South franchise, will be honored on Oct. 6 during the Texans’ home game against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium.
The date holds significant weight for the Texans, who were awarded the NFL’s 32nd franchise on Oct. 6, 1999, after McNair advocated for the league to return to Houston after the Oilers moved and became the Tennessee Titans following the 1996 season.
“That’s awesome. Obviously that’s something that the whole organization feels so strongly about — the city, what he’s done for the city of Houston, what he did to bring pro football back to Houston,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said.
“… All of the things that the McNair family have done to help the city, to help all kinds of people around the city, hospitals. Personally, my wife and I, we are involved with Texas Children’s (Hospital). What the McNair family has done for the hospitals near where I live is incredible. Then obviously with the football team, bringing pro football back to Houston, it’s going to be a great day to have him inducted into the Ring of Honor.”
The Texans debuted in 2002, and the city of Houston hosted Super Bowls after the 2003 and 2016 seasons.
McNair died on Nov. 23, 2018. He was 81.