Texans owner: 'Clean bill of health'

ByTania Ganguli ESPN logo
Thursday, August 7, 2014

HOUSTON -- Doctors gave Texans owner Bob McNair a clean bill of health this week after a 10-month battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, the Houston Chronicle reported.

"I've never been through anything like that, but two days ago, I was given a clean bill of health, so it was worth the pain and suffering," McNair told the Chronicle. "I didn't think I was going to die. I knew some did. I knew there were some rumors. That's one of the reasons I'm talking about it.

"I don't want people to think it's something it's not. I'm not ill. I'm healthy. I'm not going anywhere. We've got Super Bowls to win."

McNair underwent an experimental treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston that included surgery on his head and neck and 30 sessions of radiation, causing second-degree burns on his face that required plastic surgery to repair.

During his recovery, McNair was rarely seen around the Texans' facility and NFL events. He skipped the annual league meetings this March. His son, Cal McNair, was the Texans' representative instead.

McNair brought the NFL back to Houston after a seven-year absence that began when the Houston Oilers left for Tennessee. The Texans' first season was in 2002, and the team has had three winning seasons and two playoff berths. Last season the Texans went 2-14 and finished with the worst record in the NFL.