Steve McNair, Marking the Passing of the Rams' Greatest Foe

Brian McDowellCorrespondent IJuly 4, 2009

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 9:  Quarterback Steve McNair #9 of the Tennessee Titans rolls out against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on October 9, 2005 in Houston, Texas. The Titans defeated the Texans 34-20. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

I was awfully sad to hear about the untimely death of Steve McNair. I know that to eulogize one of the key players on the '99 Tennessee Titans on a Rams blog may seem like a kind of blasphemy, considering that he came very close to beating our beloved football team in the greatest Super Bowl game ever played.

Indeed, he will forever be cemented in the memory of St. Louis Rams fans for the drive and tenacity he showed during that storied game.

McNair will hopefully be cast in history in his rightful place, as Joe Frazier to Kurt Warner's Ali, the heart-filled, tough as nails warrior willing to give all that he's got in one of the greatest contests ever.

The Nashville Police found McNair murdered today, next to an unidentified female. Details of this incident aren't known, and wouldn't be reported here by me if they were. I don't consider the personal problems and foibles of professional athletes any of my business, as long as it doesn't affect the quality of their play, and in his case, it certainly didn't.

I just think that, as Rams fans, we should take a minute to reflect on the loss of one of our team's greatest and most worthy foes in history. He was one of this era's most innovative and underrated quarterbacks. Football isn't near as much fun to watch when guys like him aren't in it. Here's hoping that he finds peace in a better place.