Steve McNair, former quarterback of the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens, was found dead in Nashville today, victim of an apparent gunshot wound. Aside from the coincidence of the above AP photo showing him playing against Washington, McNair had no particular ties to the Redskins. But I heard about the news via an email asking that I post something about it, and it’s a suggestion I absolutely agree with.
McNair was, by all accounts, one of the good guys, someone who did everything right, and was one of the toughest players the NFL has ever seen. The entire Redskins family — players, coaches, fans — are all too familiar what the loss of a player to sudden violence, and our thoughts go out to McNair’s family, friends, and former teammates.
(UPDATE, SUNDAY MORNING: When I wrote last night that McNair “had no particular ties” to the Redskins, that was actually … not so accurate. Many of the coaches here worked with — or, in the case of Steve Jackson, played alongside — McNair during his days in Tennessee, and word from those people made its way out over the night.
Coach Jerry Gray:
“Steve was a very close friend. He was a tremendous competitor and a great guy to be around. Young players could learn a great deal from the way that he played the game. You hate to see a guy like Steve lose his life at such a young age. My thoughts and prayers are with the McNair family.”
Coach Steve Jackson:
“I am just in shock. I have been getting text messages and calls all day. Nobody can believe it.
“Steve was the epitome of what a warrior is. He was a great friend and always had a smile for you. He and Sean [Taylor] were both such bright lights that have left us too early. It was such an honor to play with Steve and coach Sean. They were the same type of guys who would give anything to their teammates.”)
(UPDATE 2, SUNDAY EVENING: Also, this, from Jason Campbell:
“Steve was a mentor to me – a guy who came from a small town in Mississippi, like I did, and who was able to play the quarterback position at a very high level and build a great NFL career. After watching Steve become successful, it gave me the confidence that I could be successful in the NFL because I came from a small town and played the same position. I attended Steve’s football camp when I was in high school for two years. My dad also coached at his football camp. It’s just a real shock; it’s really sad. I am just lost for words. I know the family personally. I know Steve’s brothers. My thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the family.”) Read more »
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