Saturday, July 4 2009 the NFL lost a great player and person when former Titan and Raven QB Steve McNair was fatally shot in an apartment double-homicide.
McNair was one of the toughest QBs to ever play the game. He was loved by his teammates, coaches and fans as well as by family and friends.
McNair was a first round pick of the Oilers in 1995 and played with the Houston/Tennessee franchise from 1995-2005 before being traded to Baltimore, where he spent his final two seasons.
Titans owner Bud Adams released this statement regarding McNair: "He played with unquestioned heart and leadership and led us to places that we had never reached, including our only Super Bowl."
McNair won the Co-MVP in 2003. He passed for 31,304 yards with 174 touchdowns and 119 interceptions in his career. He led the Titans to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIV.
Steve McNair will be forever missed, but never forgotten.
He was only 36.
In this Divisional Playoff game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers Steve McNair put on quite a show.
McNair threw for 338 yards and two TD's in a 34-31 win.
In this 20-10 Ravens win over Kansas City, Steve McNair completed the longest touchdown pass in team history. The pass was 87 yards to Mark Clayton.
In the 2004 Pro Bowl, one of four selections, Steve McNair completed a 90-yard touchdown to wide receiver Chad Johnson on the first play from scrimmage for the AFC.
In a 31-22 Houston Oilers victory Steve McNair ran over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a career-high 95 rushing yards.
Steve McNair threw for a career high 421 yards in a 38-17 blowout of the Houston Texans on October 12, 2003.
He also tossed three touchdowns.
In this 41-14 crushing of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Steve McNair completed a career high five touchdown passes.
He also threw for 291 yards and ran for another 34 yards.
Steve McNair was drafted with the third overall pick in the 1995 NFL draft by the Houston Oilers.
This moment was the start of a great NFL career.
In 2003 Steve McNair won Co-MVP along with Peyton Manning
In the '03 season McNair threw for 3,125 yards, with 24 touchdowns. He also ran for 138 yards and four touchdowns
Steve McNair led the Titans to there first Super Bowl by beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 33-14 to win the AFC Championship.
In the game McNair threw for 112 yards and one touchdown. He also ran for 91 yards and two touchdowns.
In Super Bowl XXXIV Steve McNair set a record for most rushing yards for a quarterback in the big dance. He rushed for 64 yards.
Late in the game McNair led his team on a long drive but came up one yard shy of the endzone and a championship.
Steve McNair was a gutsy quarterback. He played threw injuries and dedicated himself to his team. McNair underwent 10 surgeries in his career but always seemed to suck it up and take the field on Sundays.
It's a terrible tragedy that he is no longer with us, but let's celebrate the great life and career of a great man.
Rest In Peace Steve McNair...