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How will you remember Steve McNair?

 

There’s always been a weird line that has existed since I became a full-fledged sportswriter in 1996.

Up to that point, I had been a big sports fan, which is, partially anyway, why I moved from news to sports when an opportunity arose.

But that move killed the fan in me. Really, it had to. I began dealing with professional athletes as part of my daily grind. Suddenly, I didn’t care who won; instead I looked for the best story angle. Ethically, I couldn’t treat one player differently than another. And I learned in many cases I didn’t want to. Those heroes of yesteryear weren’t the same as their public personas.

A true rooting interest is gone; however we can’t erase who we cheered for in the past.

I bring this up because the death of Steve McNair hit a chord with me. As I have written before, I grew up as a Baltimore Colts fan, but they were so bad when I was a pre-teen that every football fan in my elementary school had two teams – the Colts and another club that actually had a chance of winning. Back then, most of the kids in my school adopted the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers or Oakland Raiders.

Me? I’ve always trudged uphill. I chose the Houston Oilers, who at the time had the incomparable Earl Campbell. He was my first out-of-Baltimore sports hero.

When the Colts abandoned Baltimore, I stuck with the Oilers, making them my No. 1 team. And I suffered through some terrible squads before Warren Moon arrived. Then it was a bunch of heartbreaking losses. Still, I remained a fan.

And I remember watching the 1995 NFL draft, hoping the Oilers would take that huge Air McNair kid from Alcorn State.

By the time McNair began realizing his promise, the Oilers had moved to Tennessee, the Ravens had moved to Baltimore and I had moved on.

My true football fanaticism had evaporated as I had to do more and more NFL coverage. But I still followed McNair’s career. I was quietly pulling for him in the Super Bowl, and quietly pleased that he had become a Raven.

If Campbell were my first non-Baltimore sports hero, McNair was my last. It certainly wasn’t the same feeling, but it was something.

So, honestly, the McNair murder struck me a little harder than some other sports tragedies. I’m sure there are people who will remember McNair mostly for his death. But I’ll remember McNair the competitor, with the huge arm and the warrior mentality.

I am curious as to how he will be remembered here, since he once was a fierce rival and then became a respected veteran.

Daily Think Special: How will you remember Steve McNair?

Comments

His smile after a punishing hit. The more violent the hit, the wider the smile seemed to be.

Tragic.

I'll remember the horrible interception and overall terrible playoff game that he played against the Colts ---- ruining the great 13-3 season.

I'll remember him first and foremost for his performance with the Titans. Was it his co-MVP year that he would not practice during the week because he was so banged up then play on Sunday? Taking the team to the Super Bowl was a big deal, though he was far from the only key player on the team.

Then when the Titans were the major rival for the Ravens, same as the Steelers are now. Have to go through them twice a year in the division, then in the playoffs. When he joined the Ravens I thought it was a good move for the team, and hoped he had enough left in the tank to give them several good years. Ironically enough, in part the pounding the Ravens gave him when he was with TN probably contributed to shortening his career. But that first year to take the Ravens to 13-3, well that was what we were looking for. Just a shame that in spite of Billick's brilliance as an offensive genius and all around leader that the team couldn't repeat the Super Bowl run. (Sorry about that to the guys who just choked on their beer - I was being facetious, of course.)

Dan, your lead-in is a good idea for another day's topic - non-Baltimore teams we rooted for because the Colts/Orioles frustrated us so much we had to look for another team (or for any other reason). I have some stories to tell but don't want to hijack this thread out of respect to McNair.

Warrior. Indestructable. Impervious to pain. Complete athlete and gentleman. Loved by team mates and community.

He was our enemy in the AFC Central. He became our leader here in Baltimore and gave us the best regular season ever. Wish he had been here longer. I have all the respect in the world for Steve McNair.

His personal choices are certainly immoral. But this country holds up Clinton and JFK on altars (well liberals do) and they were super shady themselves.

Rest in peace Steve. Your NFL accomplishments and your dedication for youth are your momuments in this world.

I will remember him as a womanizer who should not have been messing around with a 20 year old and taking her on trips with his kids.

A fierce competitor.

This is a tough one, you want to remember him as the tough QB that we all know that he was, if not for when he was here in Balto. at least for when he was kicking our butts when he was a Titan.
However it is so hard to look past the tragedy that will become the burden of four children and a victim wife who were crushed by the philandering of another pampered athlete who obviously thought the rules of marriage did not apply to him. You have to really be a cold insensitive person to remember only the sports side and not remember the pain his actions and now death have caused his family.
As an Athlete you really have to admire Steve McNair, but this is another blatant example of why we should not let sports figures be hero's t our children.
What a waste, and what a tragedy. I for one wish we could turn the clock back a couple of days and reverse what has happenned but we cannot.
Rest in Peace Mr. Mcnair, you will be missed by many, including your family!

His leadership. If McNair was a baseball pitcher, he may not have been the ace of the staff but he'd pitch game 7. If he was a basketball player, he'd take the last shot despite not being the #1 option. If he served in battle, no doubt a platoon leader.

He led, others followed. Ray Lewis would hit McNair, he'd get up and run right at Ray on the next play. Ray would hit Eddie George, end of story.

What a shame.....

I remember Steve as a very gentle and private person. We have absolutely no idea what went on in his personal life with regard to his lovely wife Mechelle or otherwise. We have no business speculating nor should we judge. Please let Steve rest in peace.

This one has been aging on me all weekend. I write on the ESPN boards almost all day, while at work, go figure. haha. But, there are so many haters out there that want to talk about the bad choices he made, instead of remembering and celebrating the great man he was. Not only ON the football field, but off as well.

Steve McNair was the definition of a Quarterback. He was one of the toughest, if not the toughest player on the field in each and every game he took a snap. He played with every ounce of energy he could have and was a natural leader. I've heard interviews with former coaches and teammates all week(end). From Eddie George, to Jeff Fisher, to our boy D-Mase. They all are shocked, as the entire sports nation should be.

I choose to remember him for what he did for the game, the heart he played with, and the work he did off the field. He did many things in the community. He was a father, husband, a true warrior, professional, and obviously, one HELL of a teammate.

I said it like this last night, the media, unfortunately, spoils the good of people. I understand it's their job, but at some point, we've got to be human. He wasn't perfect, no one is, therefore, it is not for us to judge him. It's up to him and his God. I wouldn't want people coming to my funeral and speaking about all the good things I did, but then finishing it off with a list of negative things I did when I was alive. Everyone has skeletons in their closet. We are all given one life, and one life only. Let us celebrate the man, the professional, the warrior, Steve McNair.

I will remember Steve McNair as one of the most composed (under fire) quarterbacks to ever play the game bar none.

Moreover, I remember him as the quarteback that helped excorcise the Buffalo Demon with the Music City Miracle.

A class act top to bottom.

I'll remember Steve McNair in all of his purest forms.

Maybe it's 1996, and he's breaking through the middle for a large gain, giving his Houston Oilers the knockout punch, playing their last game representing a town in Texas before moving to Tennessee... Maybe it's one year later, and he's throwing an incomplete pass to Frank Wycheck, bringing the curtain down on a long and storied history at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. Maybe it's 1998, and he's running down the field, ball in hand — Salvaging a broken play and scoring the only touchdown of the game, giving the renewed Oilers a surprising win over their Baltimore foes and division rivals. Maybe it's 1999, and he's struggling through a nagging injury, only to have the dreams of a season lie one yard short of the goal line on the world's biggest stage. Maybe it's 2000, and his Titans are doing everything they can to edge out the Ravens, only to have their hopes dashed in the postseason by Ray Lewis & Co. Maybe it's 2001, and he's being held to a heartbreaking 4th down stop, on Monday Night Football . . . . Maybe it's 2006, and he's breathing life into a franchise, showing them that they can win any game, just as long as they have the right person running the show. Or maybe it's early 2007, and he's throwing a season ending interception on the 1-yd. line, taking away what he had giveth in the first place. I'll remember Steve McNair just as the player that he was. For better or for worse, the game was always in his hands — And that's what I'm going to remember.

Ahhh, a soul-brother. The Earl Campbell Oilers were my first football passion, and none since has equaled the emotion. Part of that is growing older and less impressionable. The word I would use for McNair overall is resourceful. Once he reached the bigs, it was clear that he did not have one of the great arms. But his toughness, strength, and maneuverability on the field established his style, and I think he made the most of it. I like that stat that he shares with Tarkenton and Steve Young: only three QBs in NFL history to throw for 30k and run for 3.5k. I also mention McNair a lot in recent years because Fisher was so vigilant in not letting him take over the offense before he was properly seasoned. That whole approach to carefully developing hot QBs from college seems gone today. Now, rookie QBs are often pushed into starting lineups their first year, and I'm not so sure that a few careers have been prematurely ruined.

I'll remember Steve McNair as the sensational "Air McNair," from Alcorn State, who set many college football records. I will also remember that I hoped and prayed that he wouldn't be a "bust" in the pros. I'll remember my delight at seeing him mature into one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. I'll remember how tough and determined he was as a quarterback. He would do absolutely anything necessary to win. I'll remember that he lead on the field, in the locker room, and in the community. I'll remember that while he had some flaws, he had a good heart and did more good in his short life than any of the bad could ever erase. I'll remember that he was a good man that didn't deserve to die like that. I'll remember that he left us far too soon. However, I'll always remember the memories that Steve McNair provided. May you rest in peace Steve. May God take you into his kingdom of eternal life. You will be missed.

mcnair was a great talent that used his wealth and celebrity to lure a young girl and then paid the price for decieving her.oh well.

I'll remember the unflappable QB who showed up every sunday for Tennessee and Baltimore despite injuries that would have sent lesser men in to retirement. And the guy who led the Ravens to a divison title they wouldn't have come close to winning without him.

His private life, like those of all athletes, is of no concern to me. If we judged every athlete by wether or not they made mistakes on AND off the field there would be no hall-of-fame in any sport. All athletes are human. And all humans are inherently good AND evil.

R.I.P. Steve.

As a football player he leaves behind a legacy of stats and accomplishments. Off the field, he leaves behind a two contrasting legacies; one of a giving hard-working guy giving back to his community, and the other as a pretty bad role father figure to his own family. Personally, I will remember him as just another rich ball player that was spoiled and immature.

I'm not a football fan and harldly knew who McNair was. Apparently, he was an excellent player. But, also apparently, he was an excellent player OFF the field. His money impressed a 19 year old immigrant who was star struck and believed yet another "I'm getting a divorce" guy who was cheating on his wife. So, I guess I will remember him as a married father of 4 who let his ego get the best of him and cheated on his family.

My image of Steve McNair will be his performance on the final drive of the Ravens victory over the Titans at Adelphia in 2000. It was the game where Trent Dilfer threw a last minute TD pass to Patrick Johnson to give the Ravens the lead. McNair single-handedly got the Titans into field goal range. This included an amazing scramble and run that should have been enough to win the game. Thanks to Del Greco for missing the kick.

You could never count him out. That's why it was always tough to beat the Titans in those days.

I will remember him as just another high profile athlete that paid more attention to details on the field and paid little to those that supported him, his family. If he truly cared about his kids, he would not have been parading around Nashville with a 20 year old. Character is a trait that can no longer be associated with Steve McNair. It is not what they do on the field that matters, it is what they do off the field that should determine how they are remembered. 4 boys will now grow up with no father and a woman that supported him is forever embarrassed, and for what?

None of us really know what was going on in Steve McNair's personal life and that's what it is- personal. If he wasn't an ex-nfl player no one would be even talking about this.

As a football player I will remember McNair for his calm-cool-collectiveness. Nothing seemed to frazzle the guy. My heart would be pounding watching the game and he looked like the epitomy of calmness. I believe he's the best Quarterback the Ravens have ever had (not including Flacco, yet).

I just feel for his wife and kids.

I will remember Steve McNair as a humble leader who always seemed to give the Ravens a hard time. He was never cocky and never acted like a gangster as you see some athletes in the NFL act.

As a Raven, he gave us a glimpse of what it could be like to have a true leader with composure @ QB. It started when I saw him scramble for a TD in his 1st pre-season game against the Giants.

One of the best moments was when he led the Ravens to a last minute drive against San Diego...ending in a TD pass to Todd Heap. Never had I ever seen a Baltimore Raven QB do what he did.

"I will remember him as a womanizer who should not have been messing around with a 20 year old and taking her on trips with his kids."

Agreed, though my opinion isn't as meaningful as that of his sons, who learned of his mistress (who was three years older than his oldest son) as they learned of his death. That's disgraceful.

I will always remember his dismal performance in the 15-6 playoff loss to the Colts in 2006. That game is burned into my head and he was the reason we lost.

Honestly, as someone who quit on us, but overall, a stellar quarterback.

"I'll remember the horrible interception and overall terrible playoff game that he played against the Colts ---- ruining the great 13-3 season." Posted by: SevernDave

"I will remember him as a womanizer who should not have been messing around with a 20 year old and taking her on trips with his kids." Posted by: Paulie G

I picked out these two quotes because I'm sure some will view them as insensitive but the columnist asked an honest question and these two posters gave an honest opinion. I gave my perspective of McNair in another forum on the insider so I won't be redundant. As far as how I'll remember McNair it will be two-fold when he was a Titan, the enemy of my Ravens. The first is when Ray Lewis smashed him and drove him shoulder first into the turf just after McNair released a pass during the AFC divisional playoff on our way to the Super Bowl (I still have that game on tape). The second is the 2003 playoff loss to Tennessee and the pre-game promo when Ray and McNair were featured in a black and white skit and man to man challenge of manhood before the ABC wild-card playoff showdown. It was fierce and it was motivational. I remember a sound of "Baaad Boys" echoing in the background and Ray spitting water into the camera and vowing "it's personal." I remember McNair motioning his fingers as if to tell Ray: 'yeah, talk is cheap.' Although the Ravens lost (20-17) I still kept the game on tape but I never watch the end, only up to the point where Anthony Wright launches a beautiful spiral to Todd Heap in the corner of the end zone to tie the game at 17. I haven't watched it in two years but I just might get it out soon.

Don't recall seeing it written that he would take his kids with him while he was with her. Make sure you can prove that allegation...

As a football player who was respected by his peers and as a father who cheated on his wife

I just remember that he was so much fun to watch. Just when you thought that they had him he would slip out of the pocket and run 15 yards. I wasn't an NFL fan until I moved to Nashville and watched Steve. You will be missed.

He was certainly a great, tough QB in his prime with the Titans- no one can dispute that. Those teams were so tough. However, was barely a shell of his former self when he arrived in Baltimore, and was completely abysmal in his final season. Man, some of those last games were flat-out awful.

His final days are very sad. What a regrettable couple of choices he made. I guess he grossly underestimated the character and mental state of his girlfriend. Sounds like he got tangled up and THEN some. R.I.P., Steve.


More athletes are using the media nowadays to create buzz, not only for themselves, but also their teams. Until this murder I had never even heard of Steve McNair, but I would like to point out I am not a huge football follower! It seems to me this man lead two separate lives. He was a father of four; a family man, but it also seems, an adulterer. All that’s left now is how the media will decide how he will be remembered.
http://www.newsy.com/videos/mcnair_superstar_or_adulterer

Steve McNair was a great quarterback. He certainly gave my Steelers fits whenever he played them. Any death is a tragic, any murder is shocking, and I feel really badly for his wife and children.

I'm sure I'll be called prudish, or even mean spirited, and I don't wish to speak ill of the dead, but the politically correct way some in the media is reporting this story misses an opportunity to make an important point about morality. Let's look at the facts.

McNair was 36 years old and married with four children. According to news reports he was "in a dating relationship" with a 20 year old waitress he met at Dave and Buster's. She has been described as his "girlfriend." Married men don't "date" -- they have "affairs" or they are "unfaithful." She was not his "girlfriend" -- she was his "paramour" or "mistress." He rented an apartment with another man, apparently for the purpose of such trysts, and he also bought a Cadillac Escalade for his mistress that was registered in both their names. A few nights ago she was arrested for DUI, with McNair in the front seat next to her. McNair was let go. Her defense was, "I'm not drunk, I'm high." Her neighbors said he spent so much time at her apartment, they thought he had moved in.

One report described McNair as a dedicated family man. Had he been faithful to his wife, and spent the time he spent with his mistress with his kids, and if he had his families financial future in mind, rather than renting apartments and buying his mistress a car, he would be alive to day.

I'm not saying that he got what was coming to him. I'm not saying he deserved to be shot. No one does. But the The 10 Commandments say "Thou shalt not commit adultery" for a reason. You break the law, you make yourself vulnerable to all sorts of evil.

Maybe McNair was trying to do the right thing and break things off which prompted her to shoot him. Anyone can fall to the temptations of the flesh and anyone can be redeemed. Let's just not sugarcoat what happened and send the erroneous message that sin doesn't have consequences.

Warrior! R.I.P.

I don't have to prove anything. I read it on one of the news sites. Look it up. All you that remember Mcnair for football, what do you remember about OJ?

I will remember him as a great athlete. Even though he was only here for 2 seasons, (one of which he was injured) he was a great Quarterback. The 2006 season was a special one. I will never forget the game winning touchdown he threw to Todd Heap in week 4 against the Chargers with 34 second's left in the 4th quarter. I will never forget the way the stadium erupted, I have never heard it so loud, and I have been to alot of games. My thought's and prayers go out to his family.

Lee.

You are correct, you are given one life. And I would not like to be mcnair right now facing my maker in his position. I hope him the best, but I can't imagine he will be resting or in peace. When you go out like that I think it's clear. God had seen enough.

The tragedy is with his poor kids who have him as a role model. Nobody should talk good about him. People are people and they cannot be compartmentalized as in "oh, he was a good athlete, ignore the fact that he cheated on his family".

It is very wrong to glorify these types of people.

I think I will remember Steve McNair has a good guy who tried to do right and died way too young. RIP

The end came as he lived. He came up short at the goal line in the Super Bowl. He also disappeared in the championship game against the Kolts. I was happy when he came here. The Ravens needed someone with integerity to bring some positive respect to this team. He accomplish both. Had a great season 13-3. It sure was not all his fault that our offense was nonexsistant against the Kolts. Hell Heap fumbled the first pass and Billick was in la la land somewhere. Tragic, McNair was one of the good dudes, and a hell of a football player.

McNair was a great man! I will remember him for our Super Bowl wins and victories and I will remember his aggression and determination as a Raven and a Titan. I am sad that he dies adn my thoughts go out to his love ones. Thanks McNair for helping Baltimore earn a respectable franchise!!
Peekay

oops I made a mistake about the Super Bowl, however I still respect him and I remember the sweep of the stinky Steelers in 2006!!! McNair will be remembered forever in the Ravens/Titans franchises.

I WILL REMEMBER A GREAT PERSON WHO WAS ONLY HUMAN NOTHING MORE NOTHING LESS MAY GOD BE WITH HIS SOUL AND HIS FAMILY

I think of his toughness,easy looking demeanor and big body for a qb.I've never personally met him but I hear he's supposed to be a nice guy,as well.We don't control a pro athlete's private life so when something unordinary happens to them we tend to believe that maybe their elit status brought a bad situation upon them; bunk! Maybe they meet more unfamiliar strangers in their lives but a pro athlete should still have some common sense to deal what's in front of them.I still remember Steve the football player and father of 4 sons.His untimely death will remain one of those mysteries in life-why did it have to happen that way?God bless his family and all of his close friends.

i suggest you read what jason whitlock wrote about mcnair.

A bad role model for our youth - when it comes to being a faithfull husband and father. Oh yeah, he was a good quarterback for the Ravens for 1 year. After that, I dont give a crap.

...as a true pro---a throwback--I haven't seen leadership like that for a long time--tough s.o.b. like someone else that played football here--probably not as talented as him, but just as tough... i'll bet Johnny would have loved him..what a sad shame..

Another also ran black quarterback, who had loads of talent but no common sense! And no Super Bowl ring!

Steve McNair was a great competitor and a good person who made mistakes on and off the field. I guess that makes him imperfect just like the rest of us. I was disappointed when he threw that interception but the Ravens would never have been in that game without him. Given the statistics on adultery, it is likely a fair number of those posting are not above reproach. While we may never know, the facts so far suggest to me that he may have informed the young woman that he was not going to divorce his wife and she shot him and then herself. Thus, he may have died because after doing the wrong thing, he tried to do the right thing but never got the chance to redeem himself. Let he (or she) who is without sin cast the first stone.

Does anyone think his personal life had an effect on his football career? I would say that after seeing the multiple run-in's with DUI's (that he always seemed to dodge), and his obvious issues regarding his marriage...could this have caused such an issue that he just lost the will to play anymore. I mean, the guy was a good football player - and then after one lone season in B'more, he is done...ka'put. Just appears odd to me, with someone with so much going for him, that he messed up in such a bad way. What a way to go out. Hope that 'strange' was well worth his life. Again...role models are missing from our professionals these days. I am sure this is not something a family (that was left behind) - wants to deal with. Hope this stuff can teach a valuable lesson to some of these athletes....but somehow, I doubt it will have any effect. We create a fantasy world for our athletes with all the money and fame, and then they lose any dignity with what is wrong or right. What a shame.

We can say and think what we will, but I was shocked and saddened by Steve's passing. Despite the painful loss to the Colts in '06, that season was a special one. My father passed away in November of that year. The next game we played was that brilliant shut-out over the Steelers. It was the first time I'd smiled or laughed or felt good about anything for weeks and the rest of that season felt like a gift to me. That's how I'd like to remember McNair.

I'll remember him from the days in the AFC Central, loved him and hated him at the same time. Didn't care about his personal life then and don't now. I remember him for the stories he gave me about football and the memories I can share with my son and friends yet still never caring about his personal life! We all heard about what he did for the community and NO one ever cared about his personal life, now after his death everyone seems to care about the man personal life! Why do we only care about the bad and never recognize the good in people. Steve McNair didn't hurt anyone, no one will ever know the real truth so stop with the STUPID disrespectful comments and lets remember him for what he brought us and that was great memories. Thank you Steve McNair for the memories RIP.

I find it quite distressing that people would view a pro football player as an "icon" after running around on his wife, leaving an incredibly bad example for his children, and losing his life because he was cheating with a young woman he was lying to who caught on. And yet a govenor gets caught cheating on his wife and he is thrown to the wolves. Why? Is it because he never played in a SuperBowl? Never had a cool nickname? They are both so very wrong for what they have done. I find it sad that we as a society exault those who entertain us to a status of an untouchable god depending on how badly they behave before a tragic death. He was very wrong for what he did, no circumstance that was going on with his wife would make his actions even slightly acceptable. My heart goes out to his wife and children left behind after he left his morals and responsibilites at the door. He was a great ball player, no doubt. But I believe his legacy will be that of a cheater, a liar, and a manipulator. Pretty sad if you ask me.

I always enjoyed watching Steve McNair play. He was a great athlete and had a keen mind for finding solutions and winning the game. He never gave up no matter how bad things looked. He was probably the same way in his marriage. Handsome guy, fat pockebook, his wife probably saw that as a plus. She took him out of the dating game and made sure if things did not work out with them, she would be set as long as she kept having his children. Children equals large childsupport payments these days and I am sure she was not stupid. Apparently things were not great at home and he may have wanted out, but for the sake of his children he stayed, and sinned with others outside of his marriage to make due. That was not a good choice but it was the human side of Steve Mcnair. I do not think what he did was right with his choice and he paid a horrible price, but it got him through the day even though his days were shortened by his mistress. She too wanted the life his wife had and realized it would not become a reality, at lease not fast enough to solve her financial problems. So she selfishly took his life and hers. She did not care, he was her last hope and dream for a better life. Shame is, they are both gone now. Bad choice but that is what it is. May he rest in peace! I hope his family can come to grips with the reality of terrible this tragedy without too much damage. God Bless them all...

I will remember Steve as a Humanitarian,Mostly Human with a good heart.

I can only remember him as a human that caused his family much pain in his death and probably while alive because of his cheating ways. 4 children with no dad to guide them through life. Does anyone here believe in the 10 commandments? Who cares that he can throw a daggone ball? Who is here to throw balls to his kids now? Who cares what he did for the community? What did he do in his own home? Pathetic!! He probably smiled at the world and frowned at home because afterall he was the bread-winner. Id send him off in cardboard box if he was my husband. I loved reading the column by by Jason Whitlock

I will remember McNair as the man who walked quietly armed with a big stick: his throwing arm I will remember McNair as the calming force that gave the Ravens hope; that gave them the ability to not only think they were going to win a game but to actually win the game. I will remember the intensity of his eyes when looking at the opponents defense and making mincemeat out that defense. I am a true FOOTBALL FAN and I used to cringe everytime the Ravens had to go to Tennessee. It was a great season when McNair was in Baltimore. All young quarterbacks can take a page from his book; keep your cool, and the rest will happen.

I can remember McNair's first game as a Raven when he converted two third downs and led a td drive on the first possession against the Bucs. I couldn't believe it, I knew we were going to the Superbowl at that moment. We came up a little short that year, but Mac 9, as I like to refer to him, gave me so much hope that year after a depressing Kyle Boller filled season the previous year. Thank you Steve.

I think it's pathetic for people to get on a message board and claim that know all the details of Steve McNair's personal life. Just because you heard something on ESPN or read it in a paper does not mean that you know the situation, especially in a case where no one will get the opportunity to explain the situation from a first hand account. Get a life people and stop assumptions about a situtation given limited facts and then generalizing the life of a good man into one sentence. Shame on you.

O.K. people, I believe that I have read somewhere to "judge not, lest you be judged!" Yes, he did wrong and I am not condoning that, but ye who are without sin, cast the first stone! Let's just pray for his wife and children. Before you slam him, examine your own life. Maybe you haven't committed adultery, but as I recall there are many other sins as well which are just as bad if not worse. "There is no one perfect, no not one!"

Thankyou Dorsey. Anonymous - you are a loser to say such ignorant things and not even take responsibility for it - what a hypocrite.

I will remember him as a very good QB -- one full tier below Hall of Fame caliber, though -- who played two years for the Ravens, one of which was a very good year.

I find it interesting there are those who want the Ravens to wear #9 patches (or more) for the entire next year. He played only two years for the Ravens and was retired at the time of the tragedy.

It makes me wonder what the outcry would be if Kyle Boller were unnecessarily gunned down. Boller played more years for the Ravens and while we can't pretend to know everything about everybody, indications seem to be he conducts his off-the-field life with his family in a more honorable fashion.

But, alas, Boller didn't have the success on the field that McNair had. So I guess if he were gunned down, he wouldn't deserve a patch i his memory. Maybe some of the 20,000 dopes who cheered his injury a few years ago would also cheer his death.

Yeah, let's remember Steve. He was 13-3 for us once. Break out the patches.

"I don't have to prove anything. I read it on one of the news sites. Look it up. All you that remember Mcnair for football, what do you remember about OJ?"

And what do people remember most about Lenny Bias? Hmmm...

It used to be his interception on the goal line versus the Colts(what was he thinking).
Now it's his tragic avoidable death (what was he thinking).

Steve was a warrior and a hero to many people. He has many number to justify why at some point he should be in the Hall of Fame. Don't let the circumstances of his death keep a MVP QB out of the Hall of Fame. His toughness and all the people and players who have seen it first hand should be enough. RIP Steve

I will remember Steve by his kind heart.The money did'nt change that, Most people would not even know you. Not Steve>That great big smile stayed the same. He always had a kind word and would take time out for you. Take a tip from him and learn how to treat people. Love you always Steve.

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