While everyone was out (myself included) for the celebration of this great nation over the weekend we all sat on our couches either late friday night or early saturday morning and did what a majority of sports fans did, we watched ESPN's bottle line scroll by and check out our favorite MLB teams and paying close attention to the lead to get a quick overview of the day's sports headlines. However when I saw the headline flash across the bottom of the screen informing the sports nation about the loss of one its greatest competitors, I did what most people did "OMG steve mcnair passed away". I went to sleep and considered it an after thought. However on my long and hung over drive home from great celebrations of our nations birthday I took a second to consider just how crucial this tragedy actually was. My sports obsession began only a little more then a decade ago so I never tuned in to see terry bradshaw tough it out or Joe Montana's amazing drives in San Fran. I grew up with rough and tough fellows like Brett Farve and Steve Young. However Steve McNair brought a brand of football that many current quarterbacks fail to embrace. Steven McNair was the type of guy that you know would grind out any game no matter the circumstances no matter the score he would fight and claw his way to the finish line. He left it all on the field and played with a sense of pride. A few years ago I watched a Titans game. It was a lazy sunday afternoon and the titans were for some reason the late AFC game on TV. I watched the first quater and watched the bengals jump out in front of the Titans. However ever single time the camera would focus on the Titans bench Steve McNair was getting in his offensive co-workers faces and never let them forget that they were playing a football game. Finally to cap everything off there was a play where McNair tossed a sweep to his running back and went out of view of the camera, twenty seven yards down field the running back received and amazing hedge blocked and even the announcers failed to embrace the fact that the player who sprung a 50+ yard td run that put the titans ahead in a game was the guy who never let them forget what they were there for.
RIP Steve McNair, a true competitor