The NFL owners will get together on Wednesday and vote on who gets to host the Super Bowl in 2009. Houston and Atlanta are reported to remain the favorites for Super Bowl XLIII.
Houston, Atlanta, Tampa and Miami are finalists for Super Bowl XLIII, and league sources say that, barring a major upset, either Houston or Atlanta will be awarded a third Super Bowl.
"I feel that we've got the best bid, but that doesn't always mean you're going to be awarded the game," Texans owner Bob McNair said. "Sometimes, other things factor into it. Its a political process.
"That's why I'm not ruling out anyone.
Heavyweights from Houston's political and business arenas are going to Washington to support or participate in the 15-minute presentation Wednesday that will be followed by secret ballots until one city gets a majority.
Heading the Houston contingent are McNair, Chuck Watson, chairman of the bid committee; mayor Bill White; Harris County judge Robert Echols; consultant Robert Dale Morgan, president and CEO of 2004 Houston Super Bowl Host Committee; Don Henderson, vice president and managing director of the Hyatt-Houston; Jordy Tollett, president of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau; Shea Guinn, president and general manager of Reliant Park; and Denis Braham, an attorney who heads the sports practice at Winstead Sechrest & Minick.
"We've received terrific support from the city and county," McNair said. "Mayor White and Judge Echols will be part of our presentation."
McNair, who serves on NFL committees, has been working behind the scenes to help Houston host its second Super Bowl in six seasons.
"I'm talking with them, writing letters doing everything I can to solicit their support," McNair said about the other 31 owners.
The 2004 Super Bowl in which New England defeated Carolina 32-29 at Reliant Stadium was regarded as a smashing success by many NFL owners and executives who were impressed by the facilities, hospitality, entertainment venues and restaurants.
"We've done a lot of work, and we think we have a great bid," said Watson, who chaired the 2004 host committee. "We think we have a great bid, but I'm impressed with all the bids."
Each city has positives and negatives.