Baltimore Ravens Quarterback Steve McNair Announces His Retirement

Air McNair was a true professional his entire career

Steve McNair, third overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft of the former Houston Oilers and the current quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens, has announced his retirement after 13 seasons.

Known at his alma mater, Alcorn State for his air-it-out style, he was given the moniker “Air McNair”. Recruited by most schools to play defensive back, Alcorn was one of the few schools to recruit him as a quarterback. In his senior season, McNair passed for 4,863 yards and 44 touchdowns, he would also rush for 936 yards. He would finish third in the Heisman Trophy voting behind Colorado’s Rashaan Salaam and Penn State’s Ki-Jana Carter. Despite his outstanding numbers at ASU, critics point to McNair attending a small school and not facing Division 1-AA talent for his third place finish.

In the 1995 NFL Draft, McNair was selected third after Ki-Jana Carter and Tony Boselli, respectively.

McNair doesn’t get the respect he deserved for being a true warrior

McNair led the Tennessee Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV in 1999 –in one of the most thrilling endings in Super Bowl history McNair drove the Titans 89 yards down field only to have wide receiver Kevin Dyson brought down at the 1-yard line as time expired, insuring a 23-16 victory for the St. Louis Rams.

McNair is widely respected around the NFL for his willingness to play injured. At one point, McNair at the request of the coaching staff did not practice during the week, only to play on game days. In 2003 McNair was named NFL Co-MVP along with Indianapolis Colts signal caller Peyton Manning.

In 2006, after an ugly divorce from the Titans where he was not allowed at the team facility while still under contract, McNair was traded to the Baltimore Ravens, in a move that I thought would put the Ravens over the top, McNair was hampered by injuries and never regained his form.

My memories of Steve McNair are those of a player who left it all on the field. Whether it was a pulled groin, a sore back or a partially torn shoulder, you could never count McNair out. He was a leader, not too vocal but the kind that led by example.

Godspeed Steve and Thank You.

*July 4th, 2009…Steve McNair shot to death.

15 Responses to “Baltimore Ravens Quarterback Steve McNair Announces His Retirement”

  1. mizzo says:

    Air was the man to me. I’ll never forget his many fourth quarter comebacks and his warrior drive down the field in the Super Bowl. He put the team on his back. I hope he gets the respect he deserves post career.

  2. michelle says:

    WOW! C-Webb and Air McNair. Steve is another guy who never got the credit he deserved. I’ll miss you Steve. Congratulations on a fine career.

  3. michelle says:

    Not to change the subject, but did u guys watch that lame debate last night?

  4. thebrotherreport says:

    Don’t tell me you’re gonna stop watching football too.

    Look Michelle, you’re my NHL Correspondent, I’m out of assignments. The only thing left is one of the beer softball leagues up here in Philly 🙂

  5. Miranda says:

    Much Love to Air McNair!!

    that was not a debate….you can not righteously call that a debate. That was a complete joke.

  6. mizzo says:

    There’s been a backlash. I’m surprised.

  7. Miranda says:

    THere’s been a backlash because people realized ABC wasn’t just trying to make a fool of Barack OBama….they basically called the rest of us stupid- right to our faces….my goodness, that was SO blatant. Gibson and Stepha-chaun basically had the unmitigated gall to tell us “we think you guys are dumb enough to fall for what we’re doing here”. This backlash is the realization of how personally insulting it was.

  8. mizzo says:

    I’m glad I didn’t see it. My sister told me about it. She was hot!

  9. michelle says:


    I’m agree 100% as Origin would say that was some mess. I just hope people aren’t stupid enough to be swayed by the tactics of the ABC ambush team.

  10. Miranda says:

    Well I’ve read a number of blogs today and for the most part, ABC News got bashed like a pinata. On a better note, if you didn’t see Michelle Obama on Stephen Colbert’s show, you must catch that clip. She is SO my shero!

  11. CEvidence says:

    I refused to watch the debate…what happened that has yall so mad?

  12. HarveyDent says:

    Congrats to Steve McNair on a great career but for all his accomplishments I still say the Oilers/Titans held him back much too long in his prime by relying more on the running game and Eddie George all those seasons.

    I’m also salty because the mug stiffed me at an ATL strip club by trying to be all incognito in the place. But anyway, good luck to him.

  13. GrandNubian says:

    Nuff respect to ‘Air’ McNair. I still think he should’ve won the Heisman in 95 and he should’ve been the lone MVP in 2003. I also agree with HD regarding the Oilers/Titans holding him back and not allowing him to ‘air’ it out more.

    People always talk about how ‘tough’ Brett Favre was. But McNair was probably the toughest player i’ve ever seen, especially at the QB position.

  14. They should have put him in the Hall of Fame, he was just one yard short. Maybe they will now since this tragedy. He will be missed.