Will Steve McNair’s Personal Life Determine His Place in History?

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Published: July 9, 2009

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... an actress (Farrah Fawcett) and a musician (Michael Jackson), it seemed almost inevitable we’d lose an athlete.

But I doubt any of us could have predicted that athlete would be Steve McNair. When I heard how he had died, I definitely had to pinch myself.

I mean, this wasn’t Pac Man Jones, this was Steve McNair. A league MVP, a team leader, and a man who played through the pain.

It just didn’t seem right.

Here was a player who was never suspended, never arrested, and never went to rehab. He wasn’t someone that would have brought this action on himself.

Before there was Michael Vick or even Donovan McNabb, there was Air McNair. Drafted by the then Houston Oilers in 1995, McNair seemed to be the h...

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