What Is Steve McNair’s Legacy?

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Published: July 20, 2009

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... the traditions, everything.  I love football players.  I think they are extremely dedicated, hard working, and athletic in a way that I will never even be able to fathom.

Willie Nelson sang a song that said “my heroes have always been cowboys,” but my heroes were always football players.  Terry Bradshaw, Lynn Swan, Rod Woodson, Bruce Smith, Tony Dorsett, and later, people like Michael Vick and Steve McNair. 

Steve McNair was an incredible talent.  He came from a little heard of school called Alcorn State, was chosen I believe third in the draft, and performed week in and week out, through the pain and through the injuries.  That toughness has always appealed to me.  Doing what you have to do, even when it hurts.  Giving more when you feel like giving up.  That was what I thought it was all about. 

And now he’s dead, and that is an incredible tragedy.  I am sorry for him, for...

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