Eddie George was supposed to see Steve McNair next week at a charity event.
And the former Tennessee Titans running back was looking forward to catching up with his close friend and former teammate.
So today’s shocking news that McNair is dead at the age of 36 from a gunshot wound hit George like a ton of bricks, per Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.
“I am at a loss of words and can’t put anything into a picture that makes sense. I am just so sad right now,” George told the Tennessean. “I am just trying to get to [McNair’s wife] Mechelle’s house to show support and take it from there. I really don’t know what to say about it other than I lost a great friend and it is tough to put into words. It is still fresh. . . .
“We were supposed to talk about old times. What can I say? How do you move on and process it? It just doesn’t make sense. It is sad the way that he left this earth. A lot of emotions are going through me right now. I have so many memories of him.”
Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger offered a similar sentiment about the tragedy that jarred the league on an otherwise quiet July 4 weekend.
“Right now the only thing I can say is I feel for Mechelle and his family and I am praying for them,” Heimerdinger said. “We can talk all the football stories you want later, but right now Mechelle and the kids are the most important thing.”