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.