HOUSTON (CBS Houston) The Houston Texans’ Bob McNair made a Top Ten list of best owners to have for an NFL team. The list, written by NFL writer Josh Katzowitz, was featured on the CBS Sports website. Criteria for best owner included someone who either:
- “Melts into the scenery while allowing his football decision-makers to make all the right decisions, or
- Steps out as the front man of a team — and in some ways, of a city — that is successful because, dammit, his biggest passion is winning.”
Texans owner Bob McNair was eighth on the list, less because of the above two criteria and more because he brought football back to the city of Houston after Bud Adams moved the Oilers to Tennessee.
“8. Bob McNair: The people of Houston still don’t like the idea of what Bud Adams did, taking the original AFL squad Oilers and moving them to Nashville after the city wouldn’t help fund a new stadium to replace the Astrodome. That left Houston without an NFL team for six years until McNair was awarded the Texans squad that began play in 2002. Sure, it took the Texans eight years to field a team that produced a winning record (and two seasons after that before they made the postseason), but Houston has changed its fortunes in the past couple years. Really, the Texans have been a bit of a disappointment overall since the organization was established, but credit McNair with giving Houston back its NFL team.”
New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft topped the list at Number 1. Notably missing from the Top Ten list was Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones.