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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) - Mayor Annise Parker, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Houston Super Bowl Committee Chairman Ric Campo, and Texans team president Jamey Rootes toasted to their successful Super Bowl 51 campaign. One day after the NFL owners’ vote on Super Bowls 50 and 51, the Houston Super Bowl team held a press conference and celebrated being awarded the NFL championship game in 2017.
“This is a win for Houston. It is certainly a win for the Texans and it is a great opportunity to once again show that we know how to do this, we know how to do it well. Bring it on,” Mayor Parker said.
Owner Bob McNair received much praise and credit for being well-liked among fellow NFL owners. McNair was said to have even offered a private runway at Ellington Airport, located 15 miles southeast of downtown Houston, so that NFL owners would not have to wait hours to leave Houston after the Super Bowl, SportsRadio 610 and Houston Chronicle‘s John McClain told In the Loop on Wednesday. It worked.
“I don’t agree with Jerry Jones a lot of times, but he has indicated that he thinks Bob McNair is now at the top of the list of team owners. I agree with that,” added Judge Emmett.
Jones was not only impressed with McNair, but also with the Houston presentation, according to Campo.
“We had a strong presentation yesterday, compelling video. I think Jerry Jones said something to the effect that it was the best one he’d ever seen.”
In addition, Houston’s 10-day celebration leading up to the Super Bowl at Discovery Green, named El Centro, impressed owners. Campo said that ultimately the entire package offered was too good to pass on.
“We have a world-class stadium. We have a world-class city. We have a world-class team and I think that is an important reason we got the bid.”
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