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    Monday, July 6, 2009

    R.I.P. Steve "Air" McNair

    When I remember Steve McNair my first thought is of him on the cover of Sports Illustrated when he was Alcorn State saying "is it possible for a small school QB to win the Heisman?" He of course did not win the Heisman, but did become probably the greatest QB in Division 1-AA history. When Steve McNair was drafted by the Houston Oilers he did something that most QBs taken third overall do not do, which is sit on the bench. McNair sat on the bench for the first two seasons of his NFL career learning the NFL game, this shows his respect for the game that most players his age never have (Ryan Leaf).

    His first season starting was in 1997 and only two seasons, a "Music City Miracle" later he was in the Super Bowl falling just a yard short of being a champion in the NFL. Steve McNair played 8 seasons for the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans and made those fans forget they have not had a great QB since Warren Moon. Though he was signed by the Ravens in 2006 as a free agent and most folks believed that he was on the back end of his career he led the Ravens to a 13-3 record before falling short in the post season. That would be his final "great" season and he would retire in 2008 after a injury plagued 2007 season.

    Steve McNair had a great career and will go down as one of the top QB's in this era, and maybe in the top 20-30 quarterbacks to ever play the game. An MVP in 2003 Steve McNair was a tough competitor and a leader on the field. He also had great sportsmanship which I think is rare now a days, even in defeat he was always a class act.

    Rest in peace Steve McNair your NFL career will be remembered as a great one.

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