Shock and Sadness At McNair's Death

The tragic news that former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair has been shot and killed is spreading rapidly through the NFL.

And the reaction has been one of extreme shock and sadness at the sudden death of the NFL’s co-MVP in 2003.

“That’s awful,” one former teammate said during a short telephone conversation.  “Steve is such a good guy.  I’m shocked.  I don’t know what to say.  This is just terrible, terrible news.”

An NFL agent who represents some of McNair’s friends offered a similar sentiment.

“Your heart goes out to his family,” he said.  “It’s a damn shame to see a good man like Steve go out this young.  This kind of thing just makes you shake your head and wonder, ‘Why?’  Like I said, it’s a damn shame.  This is so damn sad.”

I covered McNair when he was with the Titans and during his stint with the Baltimore Ravens.  He was one of the toughest, grittiest competitors that I’ve ever watched in this league.

And I always found him to be a nice guy off the field with a good sense of humor. H e was very gracious with his time with reporters and accountable whenever he had a bad game.

He wasn’t one to hog the credit, and he wasn’t one to make excuses.

McNair was a classy person who did a ton of charity work and was generous to a fault.

Our deepest condolences go out to McNair’s family, friends and former teammates.

14 responses to “Shock and Sadness At McNair's Death

  1. Aaron, thanks for a little first-hand insight into McNair. Remember how he tried to be something of a mentor to Vince Young, even after what the Titans put McNair through? Always seemed like a class guy from afar…

  2. Class act is an understatement. Never heard this guy complain or blame anybody for anything. RIP Air McNair

  3. OMG!
    When Steve was the QB….I was always a Titan fan.
    This is very Tragic and very sad for his family and the NFL and millions of fans, who I can say Loved this guy.
    Air McNair > RIP

  4. I’m speechless. He was one of the reasons I’m a Titans fan. This is tragic.

  5. This is horrible…way to young to go. RIP Steve Mc Nair. I’ll never forget the classic Super Bowl against the Rams.

  6. Derelict:
    Just for you info, his wife and kids were in Mississippi when this happened. Not every famous person is like the governor of South Carolina!

  7. My sympathy to his family and friends. Steve was a great football player and will be greatly missed.

  8. The game I will remember forever was one of the best Superbowls I’ve ever watched. Rest in peace Steve

  9. There’s a nice shot of one of his four sons at Says he transferred to Oak Grove in Hattiesburg, MS in his junior year, 2008, listed as a 2010 prospect.

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