Former Houston Texans president Jamey Rootes dies following struggle with psychological well being problems, wife confirms

HOUSTON – Previous Houston Texans President Jamey Rootes has died soon after a struggle with psychological health and fitness concerns, his spouse, Melissa Rootes, verified on social media Monday night.

Melissa claimed that 56-calendar year-old Jamey handed absent on Sunday in Houston.

“Our household is heartbroken to confirm that after a battle with mental wellness issues, Jamey Rootes passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2022 in Houston, Texas. Jamey was very best identified for his devotion to his family members and friends but was also former President of the Houston Texans, retiring in 2021.

Jamey was a devoted Houstonian who beloved his metropolis and touched so many life by his specialist, academic, and philanthropic operate. Our loved ones is requesting privacy and will not be responding to media inquiries. The details of a celebration of Jamey’s lifetime will be announced at a afterwards day.

If you or a loved just one are pondering about suicide or experiencing a well being disaster, phone the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ideal now at 1-800-273-8255,” Melissa wrote in a Facebook article.


Rootes was 1 of the late Bob McNair’s initial hires. He joined the Texans in 2000 and during his tenure, before retiring in 2021, he oversaw several items which includes the creation and launch of the team’s id.

A previous Clemson soccer participant who worked as a basic supervisor for MLS’ the Columbus Crew, Rootes was hired as the first staff president in franchise history. Underneath Rootes’ direction, the Texans lifted virtually $40 million through their charitable basis. He was a co-chair of the Higher Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund and aided immediate the Texans’ philanthropic initiatives in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

“We are heartbroken to understand that previous Houston Texans President Jamey Rootes has handed absent,” Texans co-founder Janice McNair, Texans chairman and CEO Cal McNair and Texans basis vice president Hannah McNair stated in a statement. “For two many years, Jamey Rootes led our company operations with an unwavering dedication to Houston and the Houston Texans. We are grateful for his steadfast leadership and immeasurable contributions to our group. Our ideas are with Jamey’s wife, Melissa, and their two youngsters during his incredibly hard time.”


Following the Texans, Rootes was briefly named the CEO of Dynamo and Sprint but he stepped down much less than 3 months later.

On Aug. 19, Rice College announced that Rootes would be signing up for the university’s Department of Sports Administration as the head of the recently made Hutchinson Leadership Initiative in Activity Analytics. He was set to teach up to 3 programs for each semester.

In the news launch asserting Rootes’ new function, chair and professor for the division in Rice’s Faculty of Social Sciences Clark Haptonstall called the use a “game changer.”


“I’ve regarded Jamey since 2003 and I have seen the enthusiasm that he has for training and mentoring,” Haptonstall stated in the launch. “His information of the sport industry and his extensive network of contacts will be a must have for Rice.”

“I am honored to have the chance to serve the amazing activity management students at Rice College,” Rootes is quoted as expressing in the launch. “I search forward to operating with the outstanding college to support establish the next generation of leaders in the activity marketplace.”

If you or someone you know is enduring suicidal views, here are approaches to get support:

  • Phone 9-8-8. That is the countrywide suicide hotline and can be termed from any where in the region if you’re in a disaster.

  • NAMI also has the “warm line” for individuals in have to have of psychological health guidance, not in crisis: 713-970-4483
  • Harris‌ ‌County‌ ‌‌Sheriff’s‌ ‌Dept‌ ‌Crisis‌ ‌: (713)‌ ‌221-6000‌ ‌

  • Montgomery‌ ‌County‌ :‌ 1-800-659-6994‌ ‌

  • Para‌ ‌llamadas‌ ‌en‌ ‌‌Espanol‌:‌ ‌‌1-888-628-9454‌ ‌

Aaron Wilson is a Professional Soccer Network reporter, and a contributor to KPRC 2 and

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