Sep 14, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Texans owner Bob McNair walks on the field before the start of the game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. The Texans defeated the Raiders 30-14. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
1. Franchise awarded
On July 3rd, 1997 the owner of the Houston Oilers, Bud Adams, was given permission to move the Oilers to Tennessee. Eventually the Houston Oilers became the Tennessee Oilers and finally the Tennessee Titans.
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Fortunately for Houston football fans Bob McNair was ready to present his plans for an expansion franchise in Houston. His work was praised during the October owner’s meetings that same year.
On October 6th, 1999 McNair and the city of Houston were awarded the 32nd franchise in the league for a record $700 million.
Houston almost didn’t get a franchise, as an original vote went in favor of a group trying to bring football back to Los Angeles, California. There was the stipulation that a feasible stadium and ownership plan needed to be put into place, a process which was never completed.
Eventually, the group backed out and Houston can thank McNair for his ability to present a solid plan to bring football back to the good people of Houston. Then in 2002, the Houston Texans were born. The rest, as they say, is history.