Three years ago tomorrow on July 4, 2009, former Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens star quarterback Steve McNair was shot and killed at the age of 36 in his downtown Nashville condominium by his 20-year-old mistress, Sahel Kazemi, in a murder-suicide.
“Air McNair,” who was selected out of Alcorn State by the Houston Oilers with the third overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft, became only the third player in league history to pass for 30,000 yards and run for an additional 3,500 yards in his career.
The three-time Pro Bowl selection and 2003 Co-MVP, who tossed 174 touchdowns, in comparison to 119 interceptions, for 31,304 yards, was famed for incredible toughness that allowed him to consistently perform despite the various injuries that plagued his time as a professional athlete.
McNair, who guided the Titans to the playoffs on four occasions and the Ravens once in 2007, came within a yard of possibly bringing the Vince Lombardi Trophy to Tennessee in a crushing 23-16 loss to the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV.
The Titan’s badass, who was married with four sons at the time of his death, was a borderline Hall of Fame signal-caller.
Sadly, Steve McNair’s achievements will always be overshadowed by the affair that led to him being smoked by a disturbed floozy in the Music City.