It is being reported the Baltimore Ravens quarterback Steve McNair is retiring from the NFL. “Air” McNair as he once was called reporetdly told his fellow mates in a team meeting this mornig.
The Ravens have schedlued a 1:00pm news conference for today at the Ravens’ headquarters in Owings Mills, Md. First-year coach John Harbaugh, general manager Ozzie Newsome and wide receiver Derrick Mason and cornerback Samari Rolle are expected to attend to show support for their now former teammate both in Baltimore and in Tennessee.
He was drafted by the then Houston Oilers in 1995 in the first round out of 1-AA Alcorn State.
Over his 13-year career, McNair completed 2,733 of 4,544 passes for 31,304 yards and 174 touchdowns with 119 interceptions. He also carried for 3,590 rushing yards.
He led the Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV, where his comeback effort fell one yard short of a game-tying touchdown as time expired giving the St. Louis Rams’ a 23-16 win.
Over his 13-year career McNair was one of toughest and grittiest quarterbacks to play the game. He often would play through injuries and wasn’t afraid to take a hit.
McNair could be a Hall of Famer but it will be well past the five year waiting period for a newly retired player.