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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issues statement on death of Bob McNair, Texans’ owner

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

 

Bob McNair (courtesy Houston Texans)

During his nearly two decades as an NFL owner, Bob McNair left a lasting mark on his city and our league. His leadership and determination brought the NFL back to Houston, built a magnificent stadium that hosted two Super Bowls, and his beloved Texans are in the midst of another successful season and are again contending for a place in the postseason. Off the field, Bob served with distinction as the chairman ‎of the Finance Committee and was recognized in South Carolina, his adopted home of Houston, and elsewhere for his extraordinary philanthropic and community development work.  He cared deeply about the league and was generous with his time and willingness to share his insights as an exceptional businessman.  But above all, Bob was a family man.  I extend my heartfelt condolences to Janice, their family, the Texans, and the entire Houston community.

NFL mourns loss of Texans’ owner Bob McNair

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Bob McNair in 2012 By dskillzhtown on Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Robert C. McNair (January 1, 1937 – November 23, 2018) was an American businessman, philanthropist, and the owner of the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL).

Professional career

The McNairs were residents of HoustonTexas beginning in 1960. He spent most of his 20s and 30s as a struggling salesman and unsuccessful entrepreneur whose businesses all failed. He eventually broke through to success when he founded the cogeneration company Cogen Technologies, which he sold in 1999 to Enron and CalPERS. At the time of his death, McNair retained ownership of power plants in New York and West Virginia. McNair served as chairman and chief executive officer of The McNair Group, a financial and real estate firm that is headquartered in Houston, Texas. He was also the owner of Palmetto Partners, Ltd., a private investment company that manages the McNairs’ public and private equity investments, and was Chairman of The McNair Foundation. In June 2000, McNair formed a biotechnology investment firm, Cogene Biotech Ventures, where he served as company chairman.

He was rumored to be interested in buying a soccer club in the United Kingdom, and twice went to visit St Andrews, home of Championship team, Birmingham City F.C., who have been up for sale for the past two years. On January 3, 2014, a consortium headed by McNair made a bid to purchase Reading F.C. of the Championship, but were unsuccessful.

Houston Texans owner

Committed to bringing the NFL back to the city of Houston after the Oilers left the city to become the Tennessee Titans in 1996, McNair formed Houston NFL Holdings in 1998. On October 6, 1999, the NFL announced that the 32nd NFL franchise had been awarded to McNair. This team would become the Houston Texans, who began play in 2002. They won their first AFC South title in 2011, repeating in 2012 en route to four titles in six seasons. He was influential in bringing two Super Bowls to Houston’s NRG Stadium in 2004 and 2017.

Death

McNair died on November 23, 2018. He had been diagnosed with skin cancer in 1994 and had been in treatment for various cancers throughout that span; he had largely withdrawn from the team’s operations in the last months of his life, and his son and chief operating officer Cal McNair is expected to inherit the team.

 

 

 

Tonight on Megasportsnews.com, OHSAA State Football Semifinals: Eastmoor Academy against Kenston at 6:15 pm

Week 14 means State Football Semifinals for Ohio’s High Schools!

Tonight, Columbus Eastmoor Academy (12-1) takes on Chagrin Falls Kenston (12-1). The Bombers are from Geauga County. They are the champions of Division III, Region 9.
Eastmoor, champions of Division III, Region 11, have won 10 in a row dating back to Week 3 after a loss to Westerville Central.

Game time 7 pm from New Philadelphia, pregame at 6:15.

For the game link, go to our 1ST & GOAL Page above, scroll down the 2018 schedule, find the game and click LISTEN.

Tonight’s game will be another milestone in my career. I will tell you about it after the game airs.

Today is Thursday, November 22, 2018: Thanksgiving Day

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THANKSGIVING DAY

In a 1789 proclamation, President George Washington called on the people of the United States to acknowledge God for affording them “an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness” by observing a day of thanksgiving. Devoting a day to “public thanksgiving and prayer,” as Washington called it, became a yearly tradition in many communities. Thanksgiving became a national holiday in 1863. In that year, during the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln made his Thanksgiving Day Proclamation. He asked his fellow citizens to “to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise . . .” It was not until 1941 that Congress designated the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day, thus creating a federal holiday. However official, the idea of a special day for giving thanks was not born of presidential proclamations. Native American harvest festivals had been celebrated for centuries, and colonial services dated back to the late 16th century. Thanksgiving Day, as we know it today, began in the early 1600s when settlers in both Massachusetts and Virginia came together to give thanks for their survival, for the fertility of their fields, and for their faith. The most widely known early Thanksgiving is that of the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts, who feasted for 3 days with the Wampanoag people in 1621. Turkey has become the traditional Thanksgiving fare because at one time it was a rare treat. During the 1830s, an eight- to ten-pound bird cost a day’s wages. Even though turkeys are affordable today, they still remain a celebratory symbol of bounty. In fact, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin ate roast turkey in foil packets for their first meal on the Moon.

 

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Not a surprise, Saints’ Drew Brees leading 2019 NFL Pro Bowl voting

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Jake Gellerman and Sam Drexler NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

Drew Brees throwing ball 2008 By dbking, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

– Rosters to be announced Live on NFL Network’s

Pro Bowl Special on Tuesday, December 18 at 8:00 PM ET –

New Orleans Saints quarterback DREW BREES, with 487,400 votes, leads all players in balloting for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon.

Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES (459,325 votes) ranks second overall, while Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY (402,238 votes), Pittsburgh running back JAMES CONNER (384,643 votes) and New York Giants rookie running backSAQUON BARKLEY (363,609 votes) round out the top five.

Fan voting for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones atNFL.com/ProBowlVote until Thursday, December 13.

During the final two weeks of 2019 Pro Bowl voting – November 29-December 13 – fans will also be able to vote directly on Twitter. To cast such a vote, fans should tweet the first and last name of the player, the player’s official Twitter handle, or a hashtag including the player’s first and last name. All three of these methods must include the hashtag: #ProBowlVote. Voting via Twitter is in addition to the online ballot at NFL.com/ProBowlVote, which will be available throughout the entire voting period.

The 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon, which kicks off at 3:00 PM ET, will be televised live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Disney XD and simulcast on ABC – the second time the game will be available on both broadcast and cable networks, and the first time that the game is being televised on Disney XD.

Tickets to the game are on sale at NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale. New this year, tickets will also grant fans special benefits on gameday, including AFC & NFC seating sections, player red carpet viewing, special kid zone activities and postgame fireworks.

Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 14.

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, December 18 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed” at 8:00 PM ET. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. It was also the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.

NFL PRO BOWL TOP-10 VOTE-GETTERS

POS.

NAME

TEAM

VOTES

QB

Drew Brees New Orleans 487,400

QB

Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 459,325

RB

Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 402,238

RB

James Conner Pittsburgh 384,643

RB

Saquon Barkley New York Giants 363,609

WR

Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 353,169

QB

Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams 337,765

RB

Alvin Kamara New Orleans 312,083

RB

Kareem Hunt Kansas City 293,209

TE

Travis Kelce Kansas City 283,104​

 

AFC & NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION

POS.

CONF.

NAME, TEAM

VOTES

POS.

CONF.

NAME, TEAM

VOTES

 

QB

AFC Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City 459,325

DE

AFC J.J. Watt, Houston 212,514  

QB

NFC Drew Brees, New Orleans 487,400

DE

NFC Danielle Hunter, Minnesota 149,946  

RB

AFC James Conner, Pittsburgh 384,643

DT

AFC Geno Atkins, Cincinnati 132,284  

RB

NFC Todd Gurley, LA Rams 402,238

DT

NFC Aaron Donald, LA Rams 201,789  

FB

AFC Roosevelt Nix, Pittsburgh 92,592

OLB

AFC T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh 167,030  

FB

NFC Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco 229,543

OLB

NFC Khalil Mack, Chicago 178,678  

WR

AFC Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh 353,169

ILB

AFC Jon Bostic, Pittsburgh 59,201  

WR

NFC Odell Beckham, Jr., NY Giants 278,490

ILB

NFC Luke Kuechly, Carolina 132,323  

TE

AFC Travis Kelce, Kansas City 283,104

CB

AFC Denzel Ward, Cleveland 147,901  

TE

NFC Zach Ertz, Philadelphia 266,553

CB

NFC Patrick Peterson, Arizona 125,114  

T

AFC Alejandro Villanueva, Pittsburgh 125,152

SS

AFC Jamal Adams, NY Jets 92,765  

T

NFC Terron Armstead, New Orleans 128,234

SS

NFC Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Washington 75,331  

G

AFC David DeCastro, Pittsburgh 157,292

FS

AFC Derwin James, LA Chargers 57,858  

G

NFC Zack Martin, Dallas 114,083

FS

NFC Harrison Smith, Minnesota 57,938  

C

AFC Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh 145,261

P

AFC Britton Colquitt, Cleveland 66,746  

C

NFC Max Unger, New Orleans 125,249

P

NFC Michael Dickson, Seattle 51,852  

K

AFC Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh 47,581

ST

AFC Roosevelt Nix, Pittsburgh 63,995  

K

NFC Graham Gano, Carolina 59,923

ST

NFC Justin Hardee, New Orleans 45,658  

RS

AFC Tyreek Hill, Kansas City 91,964        

RS

NFC Tarik Cohen, Chicago 54,362        
*Totals reflect players currently on active rosters through Tuesday, November 20 at 3:00 PM ET

For the third consecutive year, Pro Bowl Week festivities will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort and across the Orlando area, bringing free experiences and activities to fans as well as an extraordinary number of events focused on commemorating all levels of football – from youth to high school to the NFL’s best. Some of the Pro Bowl Week events include: Pro Bowl Practices, Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, NFL FLAG Championships Powered By USA Football andPlay Football Celebrity Flag Game.

More information about these and all of the events taking place during Pro Bowl Week is available at ProBowl.com.

 

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