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The NFL's owners voted to award Super Bowl LI in 2017 to Houston at the league meetings on Tuesday in Boston.

Houston went against South Florida for Super Bowl LI, after South Florida lost to San Francisco for Super Bowl L.

It is the second Super Bowl to come Houston on Texans owner Bob McNair's watch.

"Sort of a relief," McNair said. "I had talked to just about all of the owners before and I had been assured that they were all voting for us, but it's a secret ballot (laughing), but you still wait for all the votes to be counted, but you know I felt it pretty good about it.

"We hadn't had a Super Bowl since 2004. We bid a couple of times before and had not been successful. I think a lot of them just felt like 'hey it's Houston's time.' "

McNair also led the way for Houston to host Super Bowl XXXIII when the New England Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers 32-29 in 2004 at Reliant Stadium.

"We came to Boston and felt like we were on the five-yard line with almost no time left on the clock, down by four, and we ran up the middle, scored and brought the Super Bowl back to Houston in 2017," said Ric Campo, chairman of Houston's Super Bowl bid committee.

However, Campo also pointed out his committee's enthusiasm is tempered because of the tragedy in Oklahoma.

"This is a great day for Houston, bringing the Super Bowl back to Houston," Campo said. 'I know a lot of people are celebrating in Houston, but it's important to remember our friends to the north in Oklahoma.

"They have our prayers and support as they rebuild. We are thinking of them while we celebrate this great moment for Houston."

Houston also hosted Super Bowl VIII in 1974 when the Miami Dolphins beat the Minnesota Vikings 24-7.

No owner was more impressed by what Houston was able to accomplish than Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

"The presentation was one of the best I've ever seen," Jone said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. So professionally done. They talked about what football meant in Texas."

And Jones praised the Texans owner.

"Bob McNair came into the league as maybe one of the top four or five owners and has probably elevated himself up to the best one," Jones said.

"I congratulate Houston."

So did Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie.

"I think it's really well deserved," Lurie said. "Houston is a dynamic city, great stadium, wonderful owner in Bob McNair.

"To me it was a no-brainer. Overdue."

It's no surprise that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft enjoys Super Bowls in Houston.

His franchise won Super Bowl XXXVIII 32-29 over the Carolina Panthers in 2004.

"We're so happy," Kraft said. "First of all I love Houston Super Bowls. I have a very fond memory of being down there, the game we had against Carolina.

"To be very frank I think there was a certain goodwill factor for Bob McNair and what he means to the league."

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