NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Houston Texans and the NFL kicked
off a drive Sunday to raise $2 million to help relief and recovery
efforts in Texas from Hurricane Ike.
Houston owner Bob McNair announced he is giving $500,000, with
the NFL and NFL Players Association matching that amount. Chevron
Corporation added $250,000, but McNair said before kickoff of the
game between his Texans and Tennessee that they are hoping to raise
the remaining money from corporations and other businesses.
"We've been out at the pods center distributing items," McNair
said. "We'll be at the food bank, and we'll be distributing food
there. We just have a lot of empathy for all the fans that have
suffered. I'm without power still, so I understand. But at least I
have a roof over my head, and some people don't. So we feel very
The drive, called Texans for Texans, will split the money
between the Houston Ike Relief Fund started by Houston Mayor Bill
White to provide food, water and medicine, and the United Way.
Fans also can contribute through the team's Web site at
www.HoustonTexans.com starting Monday. The plan is to make the
final donation at the Texans' home opener Oct. 5 against
Titans quarterback Vince Young, who was out against the Texans,
also wants to help his hometown and those affected by Ike through
his Vince Young Foundation.
"I'm trying to get away now," Young told Houston television
station KRIV before the game. "So I am talking to Coach [Jeff]
Fisher to get away right now.
"Just get in the city. See what's going on. ... Help some of
the people out. That's what a foundation is all about."
His agent and uncle were in Galveston over the weekend passing
out food and other items on behalf of the foundation.