It was reported yesterday that former NFL QB Steve McNair had been shot to death by an unidentified person, and a wave of shock immediately spread throughout the sports world. Once I learned of McNair's tragic death, I was quickly surprised and saddened, for the 36-year-old man had only retired from the game of football a little over a year ago, and was always one of the league's premier players.
One of McNair's friends, the Eagles' own QB--Donovan McNabb--spoke out regarding the untimely death of the former Pro-Bowler: "Shocking. Tragic. I can't find many other words to describe what happened to Steve McNair. He was a good friend to me over the years. My condolences go out to his family,". Similar to McNabb, McNair was one of the unique QBs in the NFL to be both a running and passing threat. Both McNabb and McNair are also part of a special group, being that they are 2 of only 3 African-American quarterbacks to reach the Super Bowl and start in it in the last 43 years.
Over his 13-year career, McNair (see picture) played for the Tennessee Titans (who were also called the Oilers in the 1990's) and the Baltimore Ravens. He will most be remembered for his tough style of play, and was discovered dead by Nashville police after being shot several times. Please take the time to leave your thoughts on McNair, even though he never made any relevant contributions to the Eagles, which this site is based upon. His death is, and should be, respected by ALL NFL fans, not just the fans of teams he played for. Read more about the death of Steve by clicking here.
Picture source: Online image. "Steve McNair". http://passtheword.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/mcnair.jpg