Saturday, July 4, 2009

R.I.P. Steve McNair (1973-2009)

It was reported today that Steve McNair is dead, shot to death in Nashville at the age of 36. Information about his death is still being investigated.

McNair was a longtime Tennessee Titan, reaching a Super Bowl with them plus winning MVP one year. He would finish his career with the Ravens. He had retired after the 2007 season after playing 13 years.

This is a truly sad loss to all football fans, especially those in Tennessee. Steve McNair was the definition and model of a football player, a well respected person who did everything he could to win. He would often get injured throughout his career, but he kept going. He was a great player and leader on the field and was always considered a strong presence in the locker room. He could throw well, run well, and always was a good player, but his attitude and will to win truly made him who he was. Very few players could bring the attitude he could, and he brought it all 13 years of his playing career.

Derrick Mason said of him that he was one of the rare players that would get the most out of everyone on the field. Many of his teammates had great respect for him as a leader, a player, and a friend. Many football fans, even those against him, had respect for his talent, his courage and will on the field. We will never forget his career, most notably the 1999 season where he led the Titans to the Super Bowl and nearly pulled off the win over the Rams.

Steve McNair will truly be missed by the football world. He was not just a great player, but also a great person. R.I.P. Steve McNair.

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