Steve McNair died 10 years ago today

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Ten years ago today, a slow Fourth of July for sports news suddenly changed.

News emerged that former Titans and Ravens quarterback Steve McNair had died, that he had been killed. McNair supposedly was shot execution-style by a 20-year-old woman who had never owned a gun until a few days earlier.

The shocking events sparked questions that never have been answered. Last year, Tim Rohan of took a thorough and careful look at the case through the Fall of a Titan podcast, which considers a complicated series of circumstances and relationships and police work from a variety of perspectives — and which opens with a disturbing detail regarding the condition in which his body was found.

Despite many lingering questions, the death officially remains a murder-suicide, even though it quite possibly was a double murder.

The third overall pick in the 1995 draft of the Houston Oilers, McNair became one of the best quarterbacks of his era. He led the team that the Oilers became (the Tennessee Titans) to Super Bowl XXXIV, a game that McNair’s last-second pass nearly sent to overtime. Four years later, he shared the NFL’s MVP award with Peyton Manning.

McNair became legendary for his ability to play through injuries, and to play well whether healthy or not. After an ugly separation from Tennessee in 2006, McNair landed via trade in Baltimore, and in his first season with the team he led the Ravens to the No. 2 seed in the AFC postseason.

He last played in 2007, finishing his 13-year career with 31,304 yards passing and 3,590 yards rushing. He threw for 174 touchdown passes, and he added 37 on the ground.

The death of Steve McNair will continue to raise questions, and as time passes the truth may be harder to finally uncover, if there is indeed something more to the case than what police quickly determined.

Steve McNair was 36 when he died. He had four children. The tenth anniversary of his passing surely will be difficult for his family, friends, teammates, and coaches, and we extend our condolences to all of them.

8 responses to “Steve McNair died 10 years ago today

  1. Such and odd, and truly sad ending to Mr. McNair’s life. He was fun to watch. RIP.

  2. My favorite player of all time. He was great in the community and loved his fans. His passion for the game and the way he put his body on the line for the extra few yards will never be matched. RIP Air McNair.

  3. I really am not a big conspiracy person but the way he died and how the police said how it happened ,never rang true with me. Regardless, McNair was a very good NFL QB and represented the early Titans well.

  4. He really was fun to watch, as tough as they come.

    I had no idea how screwed up he was off the field though.

  5. Thanks Mike for the link to the podcast. Interesting things there that bring up more questions than answers. Nashville PD can’t be happy about this.

  6. watermelon1 says:
    July 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
    And McNair STILL owns the best single season record for the Ravens. How long was Flacco there again?

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    I was a big fan of McNair, but your statement is not accurate. His one full season with the Ravens, he passed for 3050 yards and threw 16 TDs and 12 INTs. In 2012, Flacco threw for 3,817 with 22 TDs and 10 INTs. Not impressive, I fully admit, but he followed that up with a historically great postseason run, Superbowl win and INT. In 2016 Flacco threw for 4300+.

    If you’re talking about the overall team record of 13-3, I was at every game that year and I can assure you that McNair’s leadership was definitely needed after the Kyle Boller Disaster, but his arm was already shot as evidenced by those stats. If you are going to give McNair credit for the team going 13-3, you’ve got to also give Flacco credit for the team winning the Superbowl. And PS, that was done on Flacco’s back that year with less-than-ever help from the defense.

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