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Steve LaTreal McNair (born February 14, 1973 in Mount Olive, Mississippi) is an American professional football player who spent 11 years as a quarterback for the Tennessee Titans (Houston Oilers), until he was traded in June 2006 to the Baltimore Ravens.

Collegiate career

He is a native of Mississippi and played collegiately in that state for Alcorn State University, a historically black university which competes in the NCAA's Division I-AA Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Ironically, many major colleges recruited McNair to play defensive back. Alcorn State University was one of the few institutions that recruited McNair to play quarterback. Steve followed the foot steps of his older brother Fred McNair (who played at Alcorn 1986-1989, and later played 10 years in the Arena Football League) and decided to attend Alcorn State University.

In his senior season (1994) he amassed incredible statistics, including over 4,000 yards passing and 2,000 yards rushing. He finished third in the voting for the Heisman Trophy, which is unusual for a player from Division I-AA. Steve was subsequently selected with the third pick in the 1995 NFL draft by the Houston Oilers, who were then in the process of relocating to Tennessee. McNair was brought along slowly in the NFL by the Oilers, backing up or sharing time with quarterbacks Chris Chandler and Dave Krieg.

Houston and Tennessee

The team relocated to its new stadium in Nashville in 1997 (with McNair as the new starting quarterback), and was renamed the Tennessee Titans in 1999. That year, McNair along with running back Eddie George led the team to an AFC championship and an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIV, where they lost by only a yard to the St. Louis Rams. Since then, McNair has generally been recognized as one of the game's top players, and was named co-Most Valuable Player for the 2003 season along with Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts.

McNair was widely respected among Titans fans for being able to play while hurt, having sustained many injuries throughout his career. In the 2003 and 2004 seasons, however, he was increasingly forced to take time off due to injury, being replaced by adequate backup Billy Volek. On November 28, 2004, after a loss to the Houston Texans, McNair hinted that he might retire following the 2004 campaign. On December 17, 2004, it was announced that McNair would not play any more during the 2004-05 season and that he would undergo surgery on his injured sternum. McNair's return for the 2005 season, however, was a stellar display of his MVP-winning 2003 season form.

Trade to Baltimore

In Mid-April 2006, Steve McNair was asked to work out some place other than Baptist Sports Park with the team during the Titans' offseason conditioning program, ostensibly for fear that an injury would make the team liable for the entire amount of his $23.46 million salary cap hit for 2006, which would limit their ability to sign their 2006 draft picks.[1]

Then, on Sunday, April 30, 2006, the Titans allowed McNair and his agent, Bus Cook to speak with the Baltimore Ravens to try to work out a deal. On May 1, 2006, the Baltimore Sun stated that the Baltimore Ravens might wait for McNair to be released by the Titans during free agency. Speculation was that the Titans might hold onto McNair until the week before training camp in late July if the Ravens didn't come up with a satisfactory trade offer for McNair according to a league source. It's been said that the Titans had less than $500,000 in cap room with McNair on their roster and would have been unable to sign their draft picks. That never happened. On June 7, 2006, The Titans and Ravens worked out a deal to send McNair to the Ravens for a 4th-round pick in the 2007 draft. On June 8, McNair flew to Baltimore, passed a physical, and was announced as the newest member of the Ravens.

Ravens' cornerback, Samari Rolle, who played with the Titans and McNair for seven seasons, stated to the Baltimore Sun that he will "warmly welcome" McNair. The Baltimore Sun quotes Rolle as stating: "In the players' minds, this would put us over the top." By the Ravens attempting to add McNair, Rolle said the franchise sends a message to the players. "I think it lets you know that everyone around here is serious about winning," he said. "The time is now for us. We've got a veteran-laden team and we're not getting any younger." He also predicts that the Ravens will receive a "reinvigorated McNair".

Trade timeline

  • Dec. 18, 2005: The Titans play their final home game of the 2005 season. McNair tosses for 310 yards and two TDs in a loss vs. Seattle.
  • Dec. 24, 2005: McNair leaves the Titans' game at Miami with a strained pectoral muscle. It's the last game he will play for the Titans.
  • Feb. 13, 2006: Free-agent CB Ty Law tells the Kansas City Star that the Dolphins are interested in acquiring McNair, and that would make them an attractive option for Law to sign with. Miami is the first team linked to McNair (other than Tennessee).
  • Feb. 17, 2006: Titans GM Floyd Reese says publicly that he wants to re-work McNair's contract since his cap number for the coming season is $23.46 million, but claims it will be a "long, drawn out process."
  • March 2, 2006: Titans exercise a $1 million option to keep McNair from becoming an unrestricted free agent. He still has a huge cap number for 2006. His agent clarifies that by paying the option, McNair will make 2006 his final season in Tennessee if the Titans don't re-work his deal.
  • March 31, 2006: McNair tells the Tennessean that he's not ready to "tutor a quarterback." Speculation is rampant that the Titans will draft a QB with their first-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.
  • April 3, 2006: Titans ban McNair from working out at their headquarters. He arrived anticipating to work out in the team's offseason conditioning program and was asked to leave. His agent is flabbergasted. Meanwhile, word gets out that the Ravens would be interested in picking up McNair if the Titans drop him.
  • April 7, 2006: The NFL Players Association files a grievance against the Titans on McNair's behalf, claiming that the quarterback should be allowed to practice there since he is under contract. The Titans defended themselves 10 days later, but wouldn't state it publicly.
  • April 29, 2006: Titans draft Texas QB Vince Young with the third overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.
  • April 30, 2006: McNair's agent speculates that his client will either be cut or traded to the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens aren't permitted to publicly comment on McNair since he's still under contract with another team. Meanwhile, Miami gets out of the McNair derby by finalizing a trade for Lions QB Joey Harrington.
  • May 5, 2006 McNair agrees on a contract with Baltimore Ravens. He is scheduled to make $12m ($1m base + $11m signing bonus).
  • May 16, 2006: McNair's grievance is heard. The veteran wants to either be released by the Titans or have his contract honored. An arbitrator gives a June 1 date to announce his decision. In the interim, reports surface that the Ravens and Titans begin discussing a trade for McNair, which if completed would negate any ruling by an arbitrator.
  • June 1, 2006: Arbitrator rules in favor of McNair stating that McNair's contract was deemed violated when he was barred from working out with the team.
  • June 7, 2006: Titans and Ravens work out a deal to send McNair to the Ravens for a 2007 4th round pick.

In the 2006 NFL draft, the Titans drafted quarterback Vince Young of the 2005 NCAA champion Texas Longhorns. It's now believed that long time back-up Billy Volek will be the starting quarterback for the Titans until Young is ready to take over.

Legal Trouble

Steve McNair was arrested in May 2003 for drunk driving in Nashville, Tennessee. The McNair registered 0.18 on a Breathalyzer test, nearly twice the state's .10 blood alcohol limit. A search of McNair's SUV also turned up a 9mm handgun. While McNair held a valid permit to carry weapon, it is illegal to possess a firearm while under the influence. McNair was charged with DUI and the weapon offence. Death Mcnair died of a fatal gun wound to the head on July 4, 2009

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Advanced Stats

(Normalized to 2005 environment)

Season	Team	Pos	G	Plays	   TAY  NetPts  Pts/Pl	 PAR	PAR/G	WARP
1995	oti	qb	 6	 48.2	 278.5	 23.21	0.482	11.98	2.00	0.30
1996	oti	qb	10	 99.9	 651.5	 54.29	0.543	31.01	3.10	0.78
1997	oti	qb	16	303.5	1626.5	135.54	0.447	64.83	4.05	1.62
1998	oti	qb	16	320.7	1910.5	159.21	0.496	84.49	5.28	2.11
1999	oti	qb	11	231.6	1262.0	105.17	0.454	51.20	4.65	1.28
2000	oti	qb	16	265.9	1437.0	119.75	0.450	57.80	3.61	1.44
2001	oti	qb	15	289.0	1796.5	149.71	0.518	82.37	5.49	2.06
2002	oti	qb	16	318.0	1624.0	135.33	0.426	61.24	3.83	1.53
2003	oti	qb	14	237.8	1654.5	137.88	0.580	82.47	5.89	2.06
2004	oti	qb	 8	131.2	 458.5	 38.21	0.291	 7.64	0.95	0.19
2005	oti	qb	14	270.0	1369.5	114.13	0.423	51.22	3.66	1.28
2006	bal	qb	16	280.0	1241.5	103.46	0.369	38.22	2.39	0.96


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Steve McNair


Position: Quarterback

Team: Tennessee Titans

Uniform Number: 9

Years in League: 11

Aged: 36

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 230

College: Alcorn State University

Selection: 1st round, 3rd pick

Drafted By: Houston Oilers

NFL Debut: 1995


Date of Birth: February 14, 1973

Place of Birth: Mt. Olive, Mississippi Place of Death Nashville Tennessee Date of Death July 4, 2009


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