Former Houston Texans President Jamey Rootes Passed Away Following a “Fight With Mental Health Difficulties.”

Former Houston Texans team president Jamey Rootes passed away at age 56. According to a Facebook post by his wife Melissa, he passed away “after a fight with mental health concerns.” Jamey Rootes was one of Houston’s most prominent businessmen and had been for over twenty years. Rootes held dual roles as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of a sports-focused Special Purpose Acquisition Fund (SPAC) and Adjunct Leadership Professor at the University of Houston.

For nearly 20 years, he served as President of the Houston Texans and oversaw the team’s commercial operations. Since joining the Texans, Rootes was in charge of securing the stadium’s naming rights and a sponsor, coordinating the team’s radio and television broadcasting relationships, planning and executing successful ticket and suite sales campaigns, launching the team’s new identity, and developing a customer service plan that was received widespread praise.

Numerous “Crystal Awards” and two American Business Awards for marketing excellence are just a few of the many honors that Rootes led the Texans to during his tenure as team president. According to research firm J.D. Power & Associates, the Texans have the greatest customer service in the NFL, and the company highlighted the franchise as a service success story in their book “Satisfaction.” In addition, the Texans won the PRISM Award, presented yearly by Sports Commercial Journal to the best major professional sports team in terms of business excellence.

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Rootes was appointed by the late Texans owner Bob McNair for the inaugural 2002 season and remained in his position until his resignation in February 2021. The organization’s business operations were the primary focus of his efforts. With Rootes at the helm, the Texans were able to rack up a staggering 185 straight sellouts and a slew of marketing accolades.

Texans owner Janice McNair and CEO/chairman Cal McNair issued a joint statement expressing their “heartbreak” on Rootes’ passing. The McNair family released a statement saying, “For two decades, Jamey oversaw our corporate operations with an unshakable dedication to Houston and the Houston Texans.” “Because of his unwavering leadership and invaluable assistance, we owe him a great debt of gratitude. We send our deepest condolences to Jamey’s family, Melissa, and their two children.”

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