"Steve McNair: A Football Life" Pays Tribute to Titans Legend

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2012

31 Oct 1999: Steve McNair #9 of the Nashville Titans points as he runs with the ball during a game against the St. Louis Rams at the Adelphia Coliseum in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Rams 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Allsport
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NFL Network's A Football Life series is set to unveil its take on Tennessee Titans legend Steve McNair

Born Steve LaTreal McNair, he was drafted out of Alcorn State in 1995 with the No. 3 overall pick by the then-Houston Oilers. He became the team's full-time starter during the 1997 season when it moved to Tennessee to become the Titans. 

Throughout his career, "Air" McNair was known as a ferocious competitor who gave every ounce of energy and passion he had to the game of football. 

Here is a sample of some of McNair's career highlights.


Personal Accomplishments

McNair was not just a great competitor and passionate leader. He was also a highly skilled player who amassed some gaudy numbers and accomplishments throughout his career.

  • He completed 2,733 of 4,544 career attempts (60.1 percent) for 31,304 yards (No. 33 all time) with 174 touchdowns (No. 49 all time) and 119 interceptions.
  • He rushed for 3,590 yards on 669 career attempts with 37 touchdowns. 
  • He earned three trips to the Pro Bowl during his career.
  • He was selected to one All-Pro team, in 2003. 
  • He was the co-MVP with Peyton Manning in 2003. 
  • He led 17 career fourth quarter comebacks and 23 game-winning drives.
  • He is the Titans' No. 2 all-time leading passer.

The pinnacle of McNair's professional career came in 1999, when he led the Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV. Unfortunately for him and his team, the final play to Kevin Dyson resulted in a heartbreaking finish that came within inches of the goal line and victory. 

In total, McNair made five appearances in the postseason, his last coming in 2006 with the Baltimore Ravens. He retired in April of 2008 after 13 successful seasons in the NFL. 


Personal Life and Death

McNair owned a restaurant in Nashville, the Gridiron9. 

McNair was killed July 4, 2009 by Sahel Kazemi, who shot him four times in what Nashville police say was a murder-suicide (h/t AP). 

He is survived by his four children—Steven L. McNair Jr., Steven O'Brian Koran McNair, Tyler James McNair and Trenton Jon McNair—and his wife Mechelle.

McNair's murder left a void in the NFL that has yet to be filled. He is sorely missed, and his legacy still lives on to this day. He mentored Vince Young until his death, and Young still visits McNair's mother, Lucille, on occasion, according to the Tennessean

He is in the running for a Hall of Fame nomination this year, according to the Tennessean

McNair's life and football career have left an indelible imprint on many people throughout the years, and we honor his memory. 



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