McNair, 81, was awarded an NFL team in 1999, which eventually became the league's 32nd franchise.
The Tampa, Florida native was a businessman, sportsman and philanthropist in Houston who returned professional football to the city in 2002.
Former Texans players Fred Weary and Owen Daniels reflect on playing for Bob McNair
"Texans owner Bob McNair passes away. Texas has lost one of its legendary giants. We are better for all he has done to advance our state," Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted.
Rest In Peace Mr. McNair. Thank you for giving myself and so many others an opportunity here in Houston. My thoughts are with Janice, Cal and the entire McNair family.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) November 24, 2018
We are saddened to learn of the passing of Bob McNair. We will never forget how gracious he was to us as we transitioned into ownership of the Bills. On behalf of the Bills we extend our deepest condolences to the McNair family, the Houston Texans and their fans.— Kim Pegula (@KimPegula) November 24, 2018
My prayers are with the McNair family right now! Thank you for the opportunity to represent your team.— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) November 24, 2018
Very sad news — Bob loved his community, brought the NFL back to Houston, and worked tirelessly to make Texas and our nation a better place for everyone. He will be deeply missed. https://t.co/m3nerJ4QIm— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 24, 2018
This man changed the lives of so many people in this great city and around the country. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to fulfill my dreams and drafting me to play for this distinguished organization. Thank you Mr. McNair. Rest In Peace and God be with the McNair family. https://t.co/nKseQW61KI— Christian Covington (@thetangibleC4) November 24, 2018
May my prayers be with the Mcnair family. I will forever be grateful to Mr. Bob Mcnair for giving me a chance to live my life long dream. A true legend— Dj Reader (@Djread98) November 24, 2018
Statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on the passing of Mr. McNair https://t.co/8KE0FhLa8N— NFL345 (@NFL345) November 24, 2018
Rest In Peace Bob McNair, you will be missed. God Bless. https://t.co/A5tnmhb4kf— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) November 24, 2018
The Seahawks are deeply saddened by the loss of Texans owner Bob McNair. Our sympathies go out to the entire McNair family and the Houston Texans organization. https://t.co/CclOAt1F3O— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) November 24, 2018
Rest In Peace Mr. McNair. Thank you for the opportunity you have given me and allowing me to be a part of the Texans family. My family and I will be forever grateful.— Tom Savage (@TomSavage03) November 24, 2018
R.I.P Mr.Mcnair I wanna thank you and your family for giving me an opportunity to be apart of that great organization. I’ll never forget the 2nd time I came back to Houston and your smile was as big as mine! Thanks for everything! Major love and prayers to the Mcnair family 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/YsKb3dKU99— Charles James II (@CJDeuce_) November 24, 2018
My heart is heavy tonight! Bob McNair is someone I considered a friend. He ministered to so many. Most will never know the depth and breath of his giving. Upward! Onward! pic.twitter.com/98IxzPIkj8— Spencer Tillman (@SpenceTillman) November 24, 2018
Gave me a shot and I ran with it.— Chester M. Pitts, II (@ChesterPitts) November 24, 2018
Rest in Peace Mr. McNair pic.twitter.com/V7zP8YeSrk
RIP to Mr.Mcnair thankful for the opportunity you gave me as well as others to respresent this organizaton ! Prayers are with the family #WeAreTexans— kwebb (@kayvonwebster) November 24, 2018
Sorry to hear of the passing of Bob McNair. A kind and generous man, Mr. McNair was one of our first donors to the OneSC Fund to help S.C. recover from the 1000 Year Flood. Prayers going up to his wife and family during this time. #RIP #SCPride— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) November 24, 2018
Today we lost our friend and a great Alumnus in Mr. Bob McNair. Our Gamecock Family sends condolences to Mrs.McNair and their entire family. #ForevertoThee— Ray Tanner (@RayTannerSC) November 24, 2018
Personally saddened to learn that Bob McNair has passed. He was a giant even among great persons. He was generous with his resources, but his legacy will be having led a life of integrity, service to others, and love of family and country.— Harris Pastides (@HarrisPastides) November 24, 2018
Gabriel Brener's statement on the passing of Bob McNair. pic.twitter.com/I1Rm6vJ4ne— Houston Dynamo 🏆 (@HoustonDynamo) November 24, 2018
Houston Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane released the following statement this evening on the passing of Texans Owner Bob McNair: pic.twitter.com/QsbaXbvIWx— Houston Astros (@astros) November 24, 2018