(CNN)Bob McNair, the owner of the NFL's Houston Texans, died Friday in Houston, according to the team's official Twitter account. He was 81.
Bob McNair, owner of NFL's Houston Texans, dies at 81
McNair died after a long battle with cancer, said Texans Vice President of Communications Amy Palcic.
He's the third NFL owner to die this year. Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen died in October and New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson died in March.
McNair served as senior chairman and CEO of the team and was known as the man who brought the NFL back to Houston, according to the Texans' website.