The NFL world is mourning the tragic death of former Houston Texans president Jamey Rootes. He was 56.
Rootes died on Sunday after what his wife described as “a battle with mental health issues.”
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“Our family is heartbroken to confirm that after a battle with mental health issues, Jamey Rootes passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2022 in Houston, Texas,” Melissa Wildgen Rootes wrote on social media.
“Jamey was best known for his devotion to his family and friends but was also former President of the Houston Texans, retiring in 2021.
“Jamey was a dedicated Houstonian who loved his city and touched so many lives through his professional, academic, and philanthropic work.”
Rootes was hired by former Texans owner Bob McNair before the team’s inaugural season in 2002.
He served as the franchise’s first team president, remaining with the organisation and focusing mainly on business operations, until he resigned last February.
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Rootes briefly joined the Houston Dynamo in a leadership position after leaving the Texans, and also taught at Sam Houston State and Rice.
“For two decades, Jamey led our business operations with an unwavering commitment to Houston and the Houston Texans,” the McNair family said in a statement.
“We are grateful for his steadfast leadership and immeasurable contributions to our team.
"Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences are with Jamey’s wife, Melissa, and their two children during this extremely difficult time.”
Tributes have also been pouring in on social media.
I've been on the news set all night. Just terrible news about the passing of Jamey Rootes. Tireless and forever energetic about the Texans and the city of Houston. Prayers and support to his family and everyone who loved him. https://t.co/5y0AhRXnkM
— Greg Bailey (@GregBailey13) August 23, 2022
I am terribly saddened upon learning about the death of former Houston Texans president Jamey Rootes. Jamey was such a great person to be around. He always have time for anyone who asked, no matter how busy he was. I for one was honored to have known him. https://t.co/fyL99UXajq pic.twitter.com/K90RLL6nBk
— Brett Coomer (@coomerchron) August 23, 2022
Jamey Rootes had so many fans and friends. I feel terrible for Melissa and his children and his other family members. Such a tragedy! Rest In Peace, Jamey. Hopefully, you’ll see Bob McNair again soon.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) August 23, 2022
I join the entire MLS community in expressing my deepest condolences to the family & friends of Jamey Rootes following his passing. Jamey was always a friendly face, an exceptional businessman and a passionate advocate for our game. pic.twitter.com/VzzJ36ZZkz
— Don Garber (@thesoccerdon) August 23, 2022
So sad to hear the news about Jamey Rootes. Was a great man and was always positive around the building. Prayers for his family 🙏🏾
— Justin Reid (@JustinqReid) August 23, 2022
Today we remember Jamey Rootes, our dear friend, supporter & United Way family member. Jamey served on our board for several years, including as 2018-20 Board Chair. He was a true champion for our community & his dedication to bettering it was unceasing. He will be deeply missed. pic.twitter.com/uq0Ppb0Dtz
— UnitedWayHouston (@HouUnitedWay) August 23, 2022
My best memories of Jamey Rootes have nothing to do with football or the Texans. He was a fine person whose love for his family shined.
I will miss him. We all will, even if you never met him.
His legacy and impact is as strong as anyone in the organization. RIP, my friend.
— John P. Lopez (@LopezOnSports) August 23, 2022
I was honored to call Jamey Rootes a friend since I first met him in 2001 while at FSN SW. We shared the stage at charity events & enjoyed a few meals together talking family, sports, & business. His enthusiasm was contagious. Prayers are with his family tonight. #Texans
— Randy McIlvoy (@KPRC2RandyMc) August 23, 2022
When I came to the Astros in 2013, Jamey Rootes was one of the first people to welcome me. His “can do” attitude was infectious. He loved Houston and worked hard to promote the city. I valued his opinion and he pushed me to be better. Prayers for Melissa and his family.
— Reid Ryan (@robertreidryan) August 23, 2022
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