Steve McNair and "The Whole Person Concept"

E Paul LianCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 12:  Steve McNair #9 of the Baltimore Ravens runs against the Tennessee Titans on November 12, 2006 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Ravens won 27-26.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Before we bid Steve McNair farewell, let's try and learn something from this uncomfortable nightmare. The following comments are nothing new, just basic thoughts that apply to you, me and all of mankind.

The "whole person concept" simply teaches us that well rounded, complete personalities strive to do their best in all areas of their lives; in business, family relationships, volunteer efforts, and religious beliefs.

An excellent athlete achieves nothing if he fails to develop a value system that includes respect for others. 

A world class musician has failed if he hasn't learned to treat his body and mind without polluting it with drugs and alcohol.

A business executive has failed if he doesn't adhere to a basic sense of fair play and honesty amongst his staff, clients and competitors.

How about doctors, lawyers, teachers, parents and others in American society?  Everyone needs to examine their priorities and develop a list of values and a code of conduct by which to live their life.

Could Steve McNair still be alive today if his code of conduct would have included a statement regarding respect for his wedding vows? Would a wiser course of action include facing his marital difficulties like a mature adult, rather than an eighteen year old kid?

The list could go on and on. We don't need to chastise Steve McNair. Like in most situations, there's plenty of blame to spread around to all involved.

Maybe a solution for the future star athletes of the world, would include professional training and course work designed to teach them the "whole person concept." Let's not put Steve McNair in the far corner, of the last row at the cemetery and place a nondescript headstone on his grave. 

Mr McNair excelled as a professional athlete, his charitable foundation evidently helped several people improve their lives.

He should still be with us.