Steve "Air" McNair-Will Be Missed

Louis PisanoAnalyst IJuly 26, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 07: Quarterback Steve McNair #9 of the Baltimore Ravens passes the ball during an NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers on October 7, 2007 at Monster Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

By Louis “King of Roncesvalles” Pisano...

With such a mess surrounding the death of this once great NFL quarterback whom I am sure will be dearly missed by his many fans, teammates, and co-competitors, not to mention his four children, I wanted to just shoot him a little tribute, pardon the pun.

He was the winner of the Walter Payton award in 1994 while playing for Alcorn State, then drafted 3rd overall in 95 by the Houston Oilers, he went to the playoffs 4 times, had 3 Pro Bowl appearances, and was an All Pro and Co MVP in 2003.

This guy battled through physical injuries that would have sidelined any other QB throughout his 13 seasons, first playing early with the Houston Oilers, then mainly for the Tennessee Titans and in the last two years of his career with the Baltimore Ravens until he retired in 2007.

He threw 174 TDs and 119 INTs while amassing 31,304 yards in the air and rushing for 3,590 on 669 attempts an average of 5.4 yards per rush and he had a QB rating of 82.8.

This guy always kept his team in the game and with that riffle of an arm he possessed you never knew when he would “Air” one out. He brought a winning attitude, toughness, and a great leadership quality with him in the locker room, on the field, and to his community.

With all the lives on and off the field he touched, this good guy will surely be missed and as this story continues to unfold, I personally will remember the great things he did as a player, and as a man.

God rest your soul Mr. McNair you will be dearly missed.