Jamey Rootes died
Texas: We have sad news coming from the world of sports. Jamey Rootes has passed away at the age of 55. He was first team president of the Houston Texans. He retired from Houston Texans in 2021. His wife, Melissa Wildgen Rootes had shared the news in the Facebook post thereby confirming her husband, Rootes had passed away in Houston on Sunday.
It is reported that he was suffering from mental health issues. She advised that the family is heartbroken at the moment. She advised Jamey was a family man and was known for his devotion to his family and his friends. He was dedicated to Huston and touched many people’s lives through this philanthropic work.
Melissa requested for privacy in this time. She concluded her statement requesting everyone that if anyone is thinking about suicide or is experiencing a health crisis, then they should call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline right now at 1-800-273-8255.”
Rootes has worked with Houston Texans for over two decades. Late owner, Bob McNair was the one who hired Rootes in 2002. It was the year in which Houston played their first NFL game. He handled business operation of the team. During his tenure, Texans had 185 straight sell-outs. He also oversaw the Houston Texans Foundation. It had raised 41 million for charity since its inception. It really helped people in charity work during Hurricane Harvey. He stepped away from the post in February 2021 and was succeeded by current chairman Greg Grissom in March.
Post Houston, he became a sport management professor at Sam Houston State University. Tributes are coming from all over the sporting world since the news of his death has been leaked. James is survived by his wife Melissa and their two children.
Clark Haptonstall, professor for the department in Rice’s School of Social Sciences hailed Jamey as a game changer as his vast knowledge of the sport industry and emphasised that his contacts will always be invaluable for Rice. This is another reminder that mental health is not to be taken lightly.