A Warrior’s Peace

 
February 14, 1973 - July 4, 2009

February 14, 1973 - July 4, 2009

 

The NFL, and truly, The World, has lost a Great, Fearless Athlete, and Person, in Steve “Air,” McNair.  Gone before his time, McNair was shot and killed in his Nashville Condo, early on July 4th.  McNair embodied the true meaning of what the NFL is about, with his toughness, heart, and overall competitive spirit.  He was also a prominent and active member of his community, displaying only class on and off the playing field.  Third Overall pick in the ’95 draft, McNair’s talent had already been recognized.  Coming from a very small school like Alcorn State, to be selected that high, spoke volumes of what the NFL was to expect.  After 13 seasons, the NFL has never seen a more fearless competitor, than Steve McNair.  A 3-Time Pro Bowler, and Co-MVP of the NFL, McNair has put together quite the Professional Resume, including a Super Bowl Birth, in 2003.  The Titans came within a yard of a Super Bowl victory against the St. Louis Rams, and McNair led the way.  McNair
 
He is most remembered for the way he played the game, as both the field leader at Quarterback, and emotional leader in the locker room.  McNair placed the team on his back with each snap, and never quit on his team under any circumstance.  As an African American Quarterback, McNair has set the standard for how many approached the game thereafter.  Players like Vince Young, Donovan McNabb, Dante Culpepper, and Michael Vick, all played the game with tremendous athleticism, almost mirror images of a Young McNair.  If the NFL Players of today played with half the heart that McNair played with, the game would be head and shoulders above all sports.  At 36, a True Warrior has been called home, but his legacy will forever, play on.
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