Steve McNair Found Dead

Brandon K.Correspondent IJuly 4, 2009

PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 5:  Steve McNair #9 of the Baltimore Ravens passes against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 5, 2007 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

ESPN has confirmed the death of former 2003 NFL MVP and 13 year NFL veteran, Steve McNair, who was shot and killed in his Nashville home.

McNair, 36, played 11 seasons with the Tennessee Titans organization and two with the Baltimore Ravens.

Nashville police spokesperson said McNair died from a fatal gunshot wound to the head. A female victim was also found dead at the scene. The female has not been identified, but reports have announced it is not his wife.

The Alcorn State grad was considered one of the toughest and most classiest players to ever wear an NFL uniform.

The Houston Oilers selected him third overall in the 1995 NFL draft. McNair led the Titans to their only Super Bowl appearance in 1999, where they were defeated by the St. Louis Rams 23-16 in Super Bowl XXXIV. The game is most noted for McNair's last minute 87-yard drive, that ended with a 9-yard pass to Kevin Dyson who was stopped one yard shy of the endzone as time expired.

Nicknamed "Air McNair," was best known for his durabilty along with a rare mix of passing and running ability. He is one of three players (Fran Tarkenton and Steve  Young) to pass for 30,000 yards and rush for 3,500 yards in their NFL career.

"He made Tennessee, he put us on the map," said one Tennessee resident.

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Autopsies were planned for Sunday, but no funeral arrangements have yet been made.

"It's still kind of hard to believe," said McNair's older brother, Fred McNair. "He was the greatest person in the world. He gave back to the community. He loved kids and he wanted to be a role model to kids."