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Houston Texans Owner Makes Victory Over Cancer Public

Bob McNair says he beat disease thanks to MD Anderson Cancer Center.


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At a news conference at NRG Stadium, the Texans owner Bob McNair shared the story of his fight against cancer. He had kept it secret from the public until now.

“I am healthy at this point in time and playing golf again and expect to be able to continue doing that for a long period of time,” he said.

McNair, 77, has a long history of skin cancer. He said he got one removed last fall but unlike with previous surgeries, the cancer came back this time.

Some years prior, McNair had been diagnosed with CLL, chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He didn’t need treatment for that but the disease weakens the immune system and made the skin cancer more aggressive.

McNair went through 10 months of experimental treatment at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. He was declared cancer free on Monday.

Throughout his fight against the disease, McNair continued to go to Texans games — home and away. He was asked how he was able to keep going during that difficult time.

“You know, everybody has problems,” he said. “Everybody has health problems from time to time, and being around the hospitals, you find out there are a lot of people that are a lot worse off than you are. And so don’t come whining around here, you know. Just go out and do what you need to do and keep your head up and keep working. Usually things work out.”

Bob McNair brought an NFL team back to Houston after the Oilers left in the mid-90s. The Texans’ first season was in 2002.

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