Steve McNair: One of the Era's Great Quarterbacks

james motesContributor IApril 20, 2008

Steve McNair was drafted by the Houston Oilers in the first round (No. 3 overall) in 1995 out of Alcorn State.

When he first entered the league, he was threat not only as a passer, but as a runner as well. As the young quarterback would soon find out QBs who could get it done on the ground had more of a chance of getting hurt than QBs with a pocket presence.

As the years went on, he developed that presence of knowing when to run, which would be a major key to his rise to prominence.

He led the Titans to a Super Bowl in 1999 where it was his 40-yard dash that set them up for the win. His most infamous play will be his connection with Kevin Dyson a few plays later than left them one yard short of the end zone, which gave the Rams the title.

After all that, he battled injuries the rest of his career, but in spite of the constant ailments, he was still able to make five Pro Bowls and earn a co-MVP award in 2003.

Although he is retired from the game, the game will never forget him.