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Houston Texans owner McNair dies aged 81

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair died on Friday, aged 81, after a long battle with cancer. The NFL team is expected to be taken over by his son Cal McNair, currently the Texans’ chief operating officer.

McNair was the driving force to bring an NFL team back to Houston after the Oilers left in 1996, with the Texans becoming the 32nd NFL franchise in 2002.

McNair came under fire in October 2017 after saying “We can’t have the inmates running the prison” at an NFL owners’ meeting, in reference to players’ demonstrations during the national anthem. He quickly apologized, saying his comments were about the “relationship between the league office and team owners” and not the players themselves.

McNair is the third NFL owner to have passed away this year, following Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen in October and New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson in March.