Saturday, July 04, 2009

R.I.P. Steve McNair 1973 – 2009

I know everyone knows of Steve L. McNair aka Air McNair as an NFL Quarterback. But before the pro game, he was a legendary college Quarterback at Alcorn State. His stats were off the charts (hence the sports illustrated cover above). Yes he will be remembered for his 2003 NFL Most Valuable Player Award (co honors with Peyton Manning) and his three-time Pro Bowl appearances (2000, 2003, 2005). But I will remember him for following his heart and attending an HBCU because they would let him play Quarterback. I will remember him graduating (yes actually getting a college degree) with 14,496 career passing yards, 119 touchdowns and 16,823 career yards of total offense. I will remember him finishing 3rd in votes for the Heisman Trophy. And I will remember him winning the Walter Payton Award. He was before his time even back then.

1 comment:

uglyblackjohn said...

IMO- His biggest highlight was the failed touchdown drive while losing the Superbowl.
Like Ali-Fraizer or Julie Moss losing the Ironman Triathlon - McNair had heart (even in a losing effort).