High Fives All Around

Spirits run high as Houston Texans owners celebrate season opener in their swank suite

Spirits run high as Houston Texans owners revel in season opener

Houston Texans season opener, 9/26 Hannah McNair, Joanna Marks, Brad Marks
Hannah McNair, Joanna Marks, Brad Marks in the Founder's Suite at NRG Stadium. Photo by Shelby Hodge
Houston Texans season opener, 9/26 Renu Khator, Sylvester Turner
Renu Khator, Mayor Sylvester Turner. Photo by Shelby Hodge
Houston Texans season opener, 9/26 James A. Baker III, Susan Baker
James A. Baker III, Susan Baker. Photo by Shelby Hodge
Houston Texans season opener, 9/26 Sallie Sargent, Ric Campo
Sallie Sargent, Ric Campo. Photo by Shelby Hodge
Houston Texans season opener, 9/26 Margaret Alkek Williams, Janice McNair, Lynn Wyatt
Margaret Alkek Williams, Janice McNair, Lynn Wyatt. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Houston Texans season opener, 9/26  Jourdan Ellis, Holt McNair, Kate McNair, Darren Lindamood, Anna McNair
 Jourdan Ellis, Holt McNair, Kate McNair, Darren Lindamood, Anna McNair. Jourdan Ellis, Holt McNair, Kate McNair, Darren Lindamood, Anna McNair
Houston Texans season opener, 9/26 Lee Majors, Faith Majors
Lee Majors, Faith Majors. Photo by Shelby Hodge
Houston Texans season opener, 9/26 Tilman Fertitta, Renu Khator
Tilman Fertitta, Renu Khator. Photo by Shelby Hodge
Houston Texans season opener, 9/26 John Havens. Clay Walker
John Havens, Clay Walker. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Houston Texans season opener, 9.16, Cal and Hannah Mcnair, Joanna and Brad Marks
Cal McNair, Hannah McNair, Joanna Marks, Brad Marks. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Houston Texans season opener, 9/26 Bob McNair, James A. Baker III, Susan Baker
Bob McNair, James A. Baker III, Susan Baker. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Houston Texans season opener, 9/26 Susan Sarofim, Joanne King Herring
Susan Sarofim, Joanne King Herring. Photo by Shelby Hodge
Houston Texans season opener, 9/26 Susan Sarofim, Fayez Sarofim
Susan Sarofim, Fayez Sarofim. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Houston Texans season opener, 9/26 Jim Daniel, Isla Reckling
Jim Daniel, Isla Reckling. Photo by Shelby Hodge
Houston Texans season opener, 9/26 Hannah McNair, Joanna Marks, Brad Marks
Houston Texans season opener, 9/26 Renu Khator, Sylvester Turner
Houston Texans season opener, 9/26 James A. Baker III, Susan Baker
Houston Texans season opener, 9/26 Sallie Sargent, Ric Campo
Houston Texans season opener, 9/26 Margaret Alkek Williams, Janice McNair, Lynn Wyatt
Houston Texans season opener, 9/26  Jourdan Ellis, Holt McNair, Kate McNair, Darren Lindamood, Anna McNair
Houston Texans season opener, 9/26 Lee Majors, Faith Majors
Houston Texans season opener, 9/26 Tilman Fertitta, Renu Khator
Houston Texans season opener, 9/26 John Havens. Clay Walker
Houston Texans season opener, 9.16, Cal and Hannah Mcnair, Joanna and Brad Marks
Houston Texans season opener, 9/26 Bob McNair, James A. Baker III, Susan Baker
Houston Texans season opener, 9/26 Susan Sarofim, Joanne King Herring
Houston Texans season opener, 9/26 Susan Sarofim, Fayez Sarofim
Houston Texans season opener, 9/26 Jim Daniel, Isla Reckling

First, it was tentative high fives and cheers that resounded through the founder's suite at NRG Stadium Sunday afternoon. Then, it was the sounds of a confident victory that resonated through the luxe cocoon which serves as the ultimate end zone for Janice and Bob McNair's tony friends and city leaders.

How sweet it was in the posh suite where the high spirits, which punctuate every season opener, gained momentum as the scoreboard attested to the prowess of this season's Houston Texans.

In case you live under a rock, the hometown team walloped the Chicago Bears in a 23-14 win that had the SRO crowd in the McNair's suite saluting the team, and newcomers quarterback Brock Osweiller and rookie Will Fuller.

Among the notables with eyes barely moving from the field were Mayor Sylvester Turner, former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, University of Houston president Renu Khator, Texas Heart Institute honcho Dr. Jim Willerson, and the ever-glamorous Lynn Wyatt.

There was time, however, for schmoozing during the pre-game hour-long social, during which the McNairs' VIPS were given access to the sidelines on the field, and during half time. Wyatt mentioned her upcoming week-long trip to Sicily for a friend's five days of birthday partying. Faith and Lee Majors, yes the Six Million Dollar man Lee Majors and a former football force in his own right, were headed for a month-long road trip promoting his Starz TV series The Evil Dead.

Bob McNair, who spends the first half of the game on the sidelines, once in the suite, reiterated his seasonal optimism telling CultureMap, "We're going to get there. We're going to make it." Houston Texans GM Rick Smith and team COO and vice chairman Cal McNair travel the stadium with McNair and secure their seats center, front row in the open suite. Binoculars de rigueur. 

As is tradition, guests were treated to a lavish brunch buffet, followed at halftime by an array of cookies and made-to-order ice cream sundaes. Few could resist this temptation including Robin King, Isla and Tommy Reckling, and Defender CEO and publisher Sonny Messiah Jiles.

Among those securing the coveted invitation from the McNairs included Houston Super Bowl Committee honchos Ric Campo and Sallie Sargent, suite regulars John Havens, Jodi Jiles, Sally and Dr. Charles Neblett, Joanna and Brad Marks, Barbara and Bill O'Connell, Susan and Fayez Sarofim, and UH benefactor and billionaire Tilman Fertitta.

And, yes, many guests were dressed in white at the suggestion of the McNairs, who invited everyone to sartorially salute the Liberty White theme of the day. 

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