Steve “Air” McNair – A Good Man Gone Too Soon

The passing of anyone from Earth to the afterlife is painful, but it’s even more painful when someone goes before his time. That’s the feeling today after hearing about the untimely passing of Steve McNair, former Titans and Ravens QB who was known for his heart and guts as a player in the NFL.

There was never a question about McNair’s heart in the game. Each and every Sunday you’d see McNair out there playing with yet another injury, but he never complained, and always seemed to gut it out.

Injuires for McNair were second nature. An inflamed disk, injured calf, and bruised sternum were just a few of the injuries that kept McNair from being 100 percent, yet he was a gamer, and always did what he could to take the field for the Titans. He shared the MVP awared in 2003 with Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, coming off a 12-4 year in which he threw 24 TD passes.

“We are saddened and shocked to hear the news of Steve McNair’s passing today,” Titans owner Bud Adams said. “He was one of the finest players to play for our organization and one of the most beloved players by our fans. He played with unquestioned heart and leadership and led us to places that we had never reached, including our only Super Bowl. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they deal with his untimely passing.”

“We don’t know the details, but it is a terrible tragedy and our hearts go out to the families involved,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

It’s a sad day to see still a young man (McNair was just 36), a father of four, and an all-around good person leave too soon. Thoughts and prayers go out to the McNair family.

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