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Three years ago today, Steve McNair was murdered

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Three years ago today, only three days in to our partnership with NBC, a slow July 4 afternoon was shattered by the news that former Oilers/Titans and Ravens quarterback Steve McNair had been found dead.

It turned out, officially, to be a murder-suicide, with McNair’s 20-year-old girlfriend deemed to have shot McNair and then herself.

Questions regarding that conclusion persisted for months, especially since McNair was shot four times — execution-style — by a girl who supposedly had bought a gun from a convicted felon only two days earlier.  But with no hard proof that it was a double murder (and possibly no inclination by the Nashville authorities to declare that someone who had committed a double homicide remained at large) the case eventually faded from public consciousness.

The Oilers made McNair the third pick in the 1995 draft, and he spent 11 years with the franchise, through its move from Houston to Tennessee and its name change from Oilers to Titans.  After the Titans made Vince Young the third pick in the 2006 draft, they eventually traded McNair to Baltimore, where he served as the starter for two seasons.

The three-time Pro Bowler shared the league MVP award with Peyton Manning in 2003.  He nearly led the Titans to victory against the Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV.

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16 Responses to “Three years ago today, Steve McNair was murdered”
  1. hpeters77 says: Jul 4, 2012 2:43 PM

    Sad day

  2. mvpolamalu says: Jul 4, 2012 2:44 PM

    Wow, time flies

  3. bluejays20091 says: Jul 4, 2012 2:48 PM

    rip steve McNair i miss you alot :(

  4. coltsluckdynasty says: Jul 4, 2012 2:50 PM

    RIP….. This guy was an amazing competitor, and fun to watch. Sad that his life ended in such a tragic way.

  5. num1eaglesfanyo says: Jul 4, 2012 3:01 PM

    RIP Steve

  6. thepunkyqb says: Jul 4, 2012 3:13 PM

    I used to love to watch this guy play. What a competitor! And I swear he seemed to find a way to play better hurt than when he was healthy. RIP Steven, you always gave it your all

  7. espnfeedback says: Jul 4, 2012 3:25 PM

    I knew Steve
    I loved Steve
    He was my Fraternity Brother
    He was my friend
    Great Football Player
    ..A better Man
    ….RIP FRAT….

    Ps
    This case has to be reopened.
    It was a travesty of justice

  8. donny1rodriguez says: Jul 4, 2012 3:37 PM

    McNair seemed so nice and humble. Damn nobody should die that way that young.

  9. laeaglefan says: Jul 4, 2012 4:09 PM

    Its sad to see something like that happen to anyone, but let’s face it……If Steve McNair had never cheated on his wife, he’d still be alive today. Not judging anyone. Just saying that you never know who you’re getting involved with. Its the Fatal Attraction syndrome.

  10. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Jul 4, 2012 4:16 PM

    R.I.P. Steve.

  11. jwalters121 says: Jul 4, 2012 4:54 PM

    Sad but not tragic……..when you cheat on your wife and try to sleep with every woman that walks by bad things usually happen.

  12. alonestartexan says: Jul 4, 2012 7:38 PM

    I met Steve McNair several times around Nashville (mostly in Brentwood) he was the most humble and nice athlete I’ve ever met. He was also the toughest guy I’ve ever seen play in my life. This guy took so many hits and had so many injuries, but he just kept playing.

    There was a time when he was so banged up that he wouldn’t even practice during the week and still played on Sunday.

    RIP Steve !

  13. phillyphan72 says: Jul 4, 2012 7:59 PM

    Just very sad..No matter what he did wrong he didn’t deserve the fate he suffered.RIP Mr.McNair

  14. maximusprime107 says: Jul 4, 2012 9:01 PM

    Can’t believe its already been 3 years. McNair was one of my favorite players growing up. Rip

  15. tennesseeoilers says: Jul 4, 2012 9:50 PM

    The toughest quarterback in NFL history? I mean, seriously, I’ve been addicted to the NFL since 1978 and I’ve never seen another QB with that much grit. McNair was like John Riggins with a throwing arm. UN-believable.

  16. straightfromthedonkeysmouth says: Jul 16, 2012 6:43 AM

    R.I.P. YOU WONT BE FORGOTTEN!

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