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Bob McNair

  • American businessman
  • Born 1937

Robert C. McNair (January 1, 1937 – November 23, 2018) was an American businessman, philanthropist, and the owner of the National Football League (NFL)'s Houston Texans.


Unfortunately, when we had a No. 1 draft pick, there wasn't an Andrew Luck out there. A lot of that's pure luck.




As a matter of policy from the beginning with our team, there have been three things we've said we won't draft a player: if they've been involved in domestic violence, drug abuse, or if they show lack of respect for authority.




The radiation was worse by far. I had bandages all over my head. I looked like a mummy. On the side of my head and neck and down to my collarbone, I had second-degree burns. My skin blistered and peeled before it grew back. That was the worst part of it.




We protected Andre Johnson, given him long-term contracts. Brian Cushing's got a long-term contract. Arian Foster. So certain key players, core players, we've tried not to tie them up for a long period of time.




Now, would we like to have that super quarterback? Absolutely. And if we have the opportunity to get that person or develop that person, that's what we'll do.




We're about winning and accountability.




When you're under stress, your immune system doesn't work as well.




If you look around, there are very few really super quarterbacks. There are just very few. If you're lucky enough to have one, lucky enough that one of these Andrew Lucks is available when you have the top pick, then that's just a matter of luck. You can't attribute that to anything else.




Some people said, 'Why didn't you sign Peyton Manning?' Well, we just couldn't do it. We would have had to let go of two or three of our outstanding players to create enough room in the salary cap to do something with him.




If you want to get a good seat at a Texas A&M game or a University of Texas game, it depends on how much money you give the school.




Our players are role models; there's no question about it. Whether they want to be or not. They are. So they're in the spotlight. So if they do something that's wrong, that's in the spotlight, too.




If a team needs new facilities, and they've been unsuccessful for a long period of time, and the local community is not being responsive, then I think it's a possibility that team might get a vote to relocate.




Experience shows that those people who were selected to be a head coach in the NFL met with more success if they had had head-coaching experience.




We want people that fit in our locker room. As I said, it's all about teamwork.




The franchise tag is worth something to the team, and you can't be afraid to use it.




I'm not going anywhere. My dad lived to be 102. And we've got Super Bowls to win.




I'm not a real estate developer. I'm a golfer. I'm a sportsman.




We don't like to acknowledge that we're getting older. None of us do.




A quarterback that goes out and performs for you and is a franchise quarterback is more valuable than a player playing another position, but there's a lot more risk there. It's a more difficult position to play, and there are lot more failures.




The team comes first. We want to keep all of our players. We want to take care of all of our players, but the team comes first.




We can take action with a player without the league taking any action. But all that we can do is, we can deactivate him. But we're limited under the collective bargaining agreement to four games.




Sometimes, in order to be successful, a business must reset.




If you're going to have a satisfactory standard of living, you're going to have to be competitive in this world. And you can't be competitive if you don't have a good education.




I'm not ill. I'm healthy. I'm not going anywhere. We've got Super Bowls to win.




If a local market is supporting the team strongly, you're not going to have a lot of support for a team leaving that market.




I didn't think I was going to die. I knew some did. I knew there were some rumors.




Every athlete, I think, would like to play forever. They never want to acknowledge that they've lost a step or they can't quite do what they did before.




I knew I wasn't going to play professional basketball.




I have a deep faith in God.




I worked for twenty-some years with no capital, so I never had any liquidity. Managing my loans alone wouldn't do it, and working hard twenty-four hours a day seven days a week alone wouldn't do it. You have to be properly capitalized.




I thought I was in a better position to get a team than anyone else in Houston.




At nose tackle, you don't have to run that much.



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