67 Facts About Bob McNair

1. On January 3rd 2014 a consortium headed by Bob McNair made a bid to buy Reading FC.

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2. Bob McNair now serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The McNair Group, a financial and real estate company which is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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3. Houston Texans owner Bob McNair is under fire for disparaging comments he made at a closed-door meeting about allowing players to kneel during the national anthem.

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4. Bob McNair donated over $1 million towards the completion of McNair Field, which hosts his hometown Forest City Owls, a collegiate summer wooden bat team in the Coastal Plain League.

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5. On January 3, 2014, a consortium headed by Bob McNair made a bid to purchase Reading FC.

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6. Bob McNair was rumored to be interested in buying a soccer club in the United Kingdom, and twice went to visit St Andrews, home of Championship team, Birmingham City FC.

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7. Bob McNair served as chairman and chief executive officer of The McNair Group, a financial and real estate firm that is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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8. Bob McNair eventually broke through to success when he founded the cogeneration company Cogen Technologies, which he sold in 1999 to Enron and CalPERS.

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9. Bob McNair spent most of his 20s and 30s as a struggling salesman and unsuccessful entrepreneur whose businesses all failed.

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10. Bob McNair graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree.

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11. Bob McNair graduated from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, where he was initiated into the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

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12. Bob McNair tried to smooth things over with the team, but failed.

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13. Bob McNair operated the shuttle's robotic arm to move a platform on which an astronaut could stand.

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14. In 1978 Bob McNair was selected as a mission specialist astronaut by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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15. Bob McNair became a staff physicist at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California, where he continued studying lasers.

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16. Bob McNair received a bachelor's degree in physics from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, in 1971 and a doctoral degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, in 1976.

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17. In 2012, their son, Cal Bob McNair was named the Texans chief operating officer.

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18. Bob McNair is a known conservative and has donated to other GOP candidates in the past.

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19. In 1999, Bob McNair sold the company to Enron for a reported $1.5 billion and used the proceeds from the sale to secure the Texans as an NFL expansion franchise.

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20. Bob McNair described his political leanings to USA Today in 2004, saying that he supports many politicians whose opinions happen to be conservative.

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21. Bob McNair was perhaps best known in the business community as the founder of Cogen Technologies, which became the largest privately-owned cogeneration company in the world.

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22. Bob McNair was a leading businessman, sportsman and philanthropist in Houston who returned professional football to the city in 2002.

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23. Bob McNair is survived by his wife Janice and four children.

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24. Houston Texans founder and owner Robert Bob McNair dies at 81.

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25. Houston Texans owner Bob McNair passes away at age 81.

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26. Bob McNair had battled both leukemia and squamous cell carcinoma in recent years before his passing in Houston on Friday.

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27. Bob McNair studied at the University of South Carolina while Janice attended Columbia College, graduating in 1959.

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28. Houston Texans founder and owner Bob McNair dies at 81.

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29. Bob McNair was battling several types of cancers over the last few years.

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30. Bob McNair stepped in to fill the void left when the Oilers left Houston for Nashville after the 1996 season.

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31. Bob McNair had been dealing with skin cancer for several years, the newspaper reported.

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32. Houston Texans owner Bob McNair passed away Friday at 81 years old, after owning the franchise since its inception in 2002.

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33. Houston Texans owner Bob McNair passed away Friday at 81 years old, after owning the franchise for the entirety of its 17 seasons.

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34. Bob McNair successfully landed an expansion franchise for Houston in 1999, two years after the Oilers moved to Tennessee and became the Titans.

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35. Bob McNair made charitable donations that eclipsed $500 million, per the team's release.

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36. Bob McNair was born in Tampa and graduated from South Carolina in 1958 with a bachelor of science degree.

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37. Bob McNair had been struggling with his health for more than 20 years, battling skin cancer and chronic.

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38. Bob McNair founded the Texans to fill the void created when the Oilers moved to Tennessee.

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39. Bob McNair had been serving as the chairman of the NFL's finance committee.

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40. Bob McNair was often seen on the sideline of Texans games in recent years, and he spoke to the media after almost every home game during the 2016 season.

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41. Bob McNair is survived by his wife, Janice, and their four children.

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42. Bob McNair was the driving force for bringing an NFL team back to Houston after the Oilers left in 1996.

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43. Bob McNair has fought squamous cell carcinoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia in the past.

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44. Bob McNair brought the NFL back to Houston when he spent $700 million for an expansion franchise in 1998.

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45. Bob McNair is survived by his wife and his four children, Cal, Cary, Melissa and Ruth, and 15 grandchildren.

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46. Bob McNair raised eyebrows in 1999 when he paid $700 million for the franchise, six years after expansion teams were awarded to Jacksonville and Carolina for $140 million.

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47. Bob McNair was responsible for bringing the NFL back to Houston after the Oilers left for Tennessee.

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48. Bob McNair is survived by his wife, Janice, who was by his side as he passed away in Houston, and his four children.

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49. Along the way, Bob McNair became a respected voice in the room at NFL meetings, an owner who didn't talk a lot but whose words carried weight when he did choose to stand up.

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50. Bob McNair had a positive impact on so many people's lives.

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51. Bob McNair said the comment was referring not to players, but to league officials not listening to owners.

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52. Bob McNair owned a successful thoroughbred horse farm and stable in Kentucky, and he was head of multiple companies that oversaw the family's investments.

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53. Bob McNair had battled multiple types of cancer in recent years.

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54. Bob McNair was a 1958 South Carolina graduate who moved to Houston in 1960.

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55. Bob McNair was the driving force in the return of the NFL to Houston after the Oilers moved to Tennessee and became the Titans.

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56. Bob McNair was a leading philanthropist, giving more than $500 million to scientific, literary, educational and faith-based organizations.

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57. Bob McNair was an influential figure in league circles frequently consulted by NFL executives and his fellow owners on important matters.

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58. Bob McNair was chairman of the NFL finance committee and a member of the audit, compensation and chairman committees.

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59. Bob McNair was awarded an expansion franchise on Oct 5, 1999 by unanimous vote.

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60. Bob McNair is survived by his wife, Janice, sons Cal and Cary, daughters Ruth and Melissa and 15 grandchildren and two great grandsons.

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61. Bob McNair had dealt with skin cancer for several years and spent time in a hospital this year.

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62. Houston Texans owner Bob McNair stands on the sidelines before an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on Sunday, Jan 1, 2017, in Nashville.

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63. Bob McNair died on November 23, 2018, after battling skin cancer.

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64. In 1999 Robert Bob McNair received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from the university.

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65. Bob McNair is a primary backer of Sigma Chi's Horizons leadership institute.

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66. On September 12, 2007, Bob McNair gave $100 million to Baylor College of Medicine to recruit top scientists and physicians.

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67. In June 2000, Bob McNair formed a biotechnology investment firm, Cogene Biotech Ventures, where he served as company chairman.

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