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There isn't a moment in team history that compares to the news on July 4, 2009, that Steve McNair had died. The sordid details of his death were shocking, but it was the fact that this man who had been a leader for 13 seasons and should have been halfway through his life at most was gone.
He made one of the toughest transitions a quarterback can make in the league. He went from a scrambler to a pocket passer. Through the 2002 season McNair had at least 337 rushing yards every year as a starting quarterback. He curbed the scrambling and in 2003, under the tutelage of offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, McNair blossomed and shared the MVP award with Peyton Manning despite missing two games.
The Titans had to part ways with McNair after the 2005 season due to poor salary-cap management. McNair signed with the Baltimore Ravens and steered the team to a 13-3 record in 2006, including a comeback win in Nashville against the Titans.
The body finally gave in and on April 17, 2008, McNair announced his retirement to a stunned Baltimore Ravens locker room. If it weren't for that move, the Ravens might not have traded up for Joe Flacco in the 2008 draft.
Steve McNair was a college legend. In 1994 he had nearly 6,000 total offensive yards for Alcorn State and finished third in the Heisman voting. He finished with more than 16,000 yards of offense in college. The Houston Oilers selected him third in the 1995 draft and developed him slowly, not giving him the starting QB job until the 1997 season opener.
He was dead less than 15 months later, killed by his mistress who shot him four times before killing herself. He left behind four children, a shocked widow, and a stunned fan base. Four days later the team held a two-day memorial at LP Field in his honor.
McNair will be remembered for his charitable work, including the Steve McNair Foundation and his organization of supplies that were sent to victims of Hurricane Katrina. He used his celebrity to make lives better for the less fortunate.
McNair's death was a tragedy. His life was a gift to us all on and off the football field.
"Her faith is what's sustaining her now," he said. "We haven't talked about the circumstances of his death. She is processing it in a private way. It's obviously devastating on so many levels."
The four-time Pro Bowl quarterback was being remembered Wednesday at the stadium where he played much of his career. The Tennessee Titans opened LP Field for fans to watch video highlights of McNair's 13-year NFL career and look at photos of the quarterback. There was also a book for them to write messages that will be given to the family.
McNair was known as "Air McNair" for his passing prowess at Alcorn State in Mississippi. In 2000, he helped lead the Titans to the Super Bowl, where they ended up a yard short of a touchdown on the last play of the game, when they trailed by seven points.
He spent his final two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens before retiring from the NFL in 2008.