Monday, July 6, 2009
Steve McNair was a great quarterback
"Air" McNair. Who was this kid out of Alcorn State that nobody had seen play, but was dubbed with Jordan's nickname? Steve "Air" McNair came in third in the Heisman Trophy balloting his senior year, a tremendous feat in itself coming from Alcorn State and then topped that by becoming the third pick of the NFL draft.
He lived up to the billing as he became an all-star and MVP while leading his once downtrodden team to within a yard of a Super Bowl title. Randall Cunningham came before McNair as a very elusive QB in and out of the pocket, but didn't depend solely on his legs to win games. McNair was strongly built and tough in the pocket, much more like a Phil Simms, but with scrambling ability just short of Michael Vick. To me, he was a great blend of what is needed at QB today and tomorrow.
Steve McNair, a fantastic football player, was already missed on the field, retiring before last season and will be missed after his death as well.