Houston Texans owner, founder, and chairman Robert McNair has passed away at the age of 81. McNair is said to have died peacefully while at his home surrounded by his family. The NFL team's official Twitter account announced the news Friday. "It is with deep sadness that we announce Houston Texans Founder, Senior Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer and philanthropist, Robert C. McNair passed away peacefully in Houston today with his loving wife, Janice, and his family by his side," the tweet said.

McNair is survived by his wife, Janice, and their four children. McNair's son, Cal, is the chief operating officer of the Texans and is speculated to continue to run the team after his father's passing. He had been battling multiple types of skin cancer in his later years. McNair's career with the NFL started after he was awarded the 32nd NFL franchise on October 6, 1999. He served as the team's owner for its entire existence since the time.


Last year in October, in a meeting held to discuss NFL players protesting against police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem, he allegedly said referring to players, "We can't have the inmates running the prison."

He received a lot of public backlash for his comments and later apologized for the same.

"I never meant to offend anyone, and I was not referring to our players,” McNair said in a statement to the New York Times. "I used a figure of speech that was never intended to be taken literally. I would never characterize our players or our league that way, and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it."