It’s Been Years Since Steve McNair Passed Away
The 4th of July is a time to celebrate the birth of our nation, but for Titans fans it will also be remembered as the day Steve McNair died.
Eight years ago as we prepared for a day of cookouts, fireworks, family and friends, the news of his murder rocked us all.
My day started as planned and just as I started to walk out my door to attend a cookout and pool party, my phone rang.
The call came from my friend worked for the Titans organization as part of their media/community relations departments. He broke the news of the unfolding situation to me.
Television and radio stations immediately sent crews to the scene.
George Plaster, who at the time was the host of Sports Night on 105.6 The Zone took the lead.
The Zone studios at the time were just about a hundred yards from the crime scene. He and reporters had a birds eye view of the action.
My plans for the day immediately changed.
The news was coming out slowly and the details would captivate the area for weeks to come.
It was my job to write something and post it for the site I was working for at the time.
Finding the words to describe what was happening was touch as I watched events transpire.
Looking back today I’m not eve sure what I wrote of how it read. It was one of the toughest things I ever had to put into words.
As I prepare for another 4th, I wanted to remember that day and one of the first Titans hero’s after the team’s move to Nashville.
Eight Years Later
The 2017 Tennessee Titans are a trendy pick to make the playoffs this coming season.
If they do make the playoffs, it will be the first time since 2008.
McNair had retired in 2007, before that Titans team lost his other team, the Baltimore Ravens.
Prior to that, the last time the Titans won a playoff game was 2003.
Steve McNair was the Titans quarterback that day, leading the team to a 20-17 wildcard win.
Who did the Titans defeat that day? The Baltimore Ravens.
I’m not one that puts a lot of stock in conspiracies or coincidences, but as we enter the 2017 season, could there be a coincidence on the horizon?
Steve McNair quarterbacked the last Titans playoff win. The score again was 20-17.
If the Titans do make the playoffs and win a playoff game, Marcus Mariota will replace McNair as the last Titans QB to win a playoff game.
It would happen in the 2017 season.
Somehow, somewhere I think McNair wouldn’t mind being replaced, and would probably even smile.