On a serious note this weekend we saw a great competitor pass. By all accounts Mr. McNair was a great man on many of the score cards we use to score men.
Cinderella Story – Check! Deciding to attend a traditionally black school, Steve McNair put I-AA Alcorn State on the map with a senior year totaling 5,799 total yards and 53 TDs. That year he proved that the little school can make people take notice finishing 3rd in the Heisman voting behind NFL RB greats Ki-Jana Carter and Rashaan Salaam. In fact he had a great run in the playoffs that year finishing the year with a game in which he threw for 514 yards and 3 TD’s but still came up short to a little known coach of Youngstown State, Jim Tressel.
Successful Athlete – Check! 1995’s 3rd pick in the draft, he waits two years behind Chris Chandler before getting his start in 1997. He proceeds to throw for the most yards since Warren Moon wore the baby blue, rush for the third most yards by a QB in NFL history, and sets a franchise record with only 13 ints. That would only be the beginning of a career highlighted by a Super Bowl appearance, 2003 Co-MVP of the league, 5 playoff appearances, and 3 Pro Bowls.
Man of the People – Check! Always willing to pitch in, his wife and he spent countless hours loading food, water, and clothes on trucks that he hired heading for Hurricane Katrina victims. In 2001 he founded the Steve McNair Foundation devoted to serving underprivileged children through programs and grants focusing on inspiring and empowering today's youth to utilize the educational, civic, and athletic opportunities available to them.
Family Man – Check! By all accounts he was a loving and caring husband who had four children that he adored and inspired. He was committed to his family and cherished his new found time in retirement to spend as a family man.
Everything going for him, and yet he throws it away on the fleeting thrill of a 20 year old waitress. I don’t find joy in another man’s failure, but instead use it as a reminder. Today I’m going to hug my children a little tighter, kiss my wife a little longer, and at the end of the day make sure my heart only lingers on the one God gave me.
Steve was a class act by any fan's account. He was one of the best quarterbacks ive seen come and go in the nfl at my age, which is only twenty. Some of those classic titan teams he was on are some of the best memories i have of the nfl. I guess my point is that this guy was a A+ athlete and person, sad to see him go, but man....one hell of a ballplayer
Family man, check? I don't want to be a jerk here, but I imagine his family, his kids, are about as stunned and devastated as they can be such that they may never recover. He had "a dating relationship" (via NYTimes) with this woman, who, in all liklihood, killed him.
I don't check that box.
But I would be remiss in not commenting that your last sentence is a very, very good one indeed.
I know this isn't the way of the world, but to me this is a situation in which everyone should just keep to themselves their ideas of what happened and why. We really know nothing of his relationship with his wife or the girlfriend. On 97.1 this morning, several callers were saying it was pretty clear from the "evidence" that it had to have been his wife or an ex-boyfriend who murdered both people.
Over-analyzing wins, losses, trades, and draft picks is fun. Over-analyzing private relationships and personality traits of recently deceased strangers is tactless and potentially harmful to those involved.
"wife and girlfiend" and extolling his virtue as a family man are mutually exclusive. We are losing the language.
I'm just saying you don't know what his relationship was with his wife, good or bad. I'm not saying he was a family man, but I'm also not making conclusions about someone I really know nothing about.
Btw, you typed "girlfiend." Freudian slip if I've ever seen one.
Yes, you got me. I think she is a succubus.
Great post. I will choose to hold out on my judgment of his character until all of the facts are out.
I still don't understand how a 20 year old waitress is capable of doing something like this. And I thought you had to be 21 to be able to have a CCW and be able to purchase a gun.