To many, Steve McNair was just a tough QB who could hang with the best of them on any given Sunday afternoon. But if you look more in to what the man has done for the community, and how he has helped others so much and so often, you'll notice that he's truly a one of a kind athlete.
In the sports world we live in today, you see players from all sports either doing steroids, killing dogs or killing people for that matter, but Steve McNair was one of the ones who stayed out of trouble. He did have a DUI incident, but he manned up to his mistake, learned from it, and has never done it since (or before that, for that matter ).
McNair had football camps for the kids, and even older people such as high school football players, to help them not only develop their football skills, but to develop them as a human being, and teaching them to strive to be the best person they could be. He did what he could to help kids stay off the streets, helping out parents who had jobs and couldn't look over their kids during their day job and many other things.
I believe Mike Freeman of CBSSports said it best:
"You will always hear people speak about the dead in eloquent terms. Sometimes those nice words are forced, sometimes they aren't. With McNair, trust me on this, they are not."
I've only had the chance to meet McNair once in my life, but that one moment is something that helped me change my life. That's the reason why I don't look at McNair as just that guy I grew up watching play QB for my favorite team. He was much more than that. He wasn't the type of person to just sign your autograph and tell you to move on. He would actually talk to you.
And it wasn't just about him.
He would talk to you about your life, and how things were going. It wasn't all just football for him. He realized that there was life outside of the fame, and outside of playing in the NFL.
He's not only the reason I started watching the NFL, and he's not only my favorite player of all time, but he's probably the greatest person I've ever met in my life, even if that was just once. You can't beat a guy like McNair. You just can't do it.
I realize this probably isn't my best article. I know my grammar will probably be off. I know my spelling may be off some too. Hell, I've probably even rambled, but I honestly don't care at this moment in time. I'm doing this to remember a guy who changed my life, and I'm sure who has changed many others.
Rest In Peace, Steve McNair.
Thanks For What You've Done For Me And Others.
Thanks For The Memories.