McNair to announce retirement

Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 11:39am

Former Tennessee Titans standout quarterback Steve McNair announced his retirement from the NFL Thursday in Baltimore, ending his 13-year standout career.

McNair, 35, spent the first 11 seasons of his NFL career with the Titans franchise after being the third overall pick in the 1995 draft.

McNair, who became a full-time starter in 1997 when the franchise settled into Tennessee, helped the Titans to the franchise’s only Super Bowl appearance in its 48-year history, leading the 1999 team to the AFC Championship. In the Titans’ 23-16 loss to the Super Bowl XXXIV loss to the St. Louis Rams, McNair engineered a final drive that came up one-yard short as receiver Kevin Dyson was stopped after catching a McNair pass on the game’s final play.

His best season came in 2003 when he was co-Most Valuable Player of the NFL. That season, he completed 250 of 400 passes with 3,215 yards, 24 touchdowns and just seven interceptions, sharing the MVP honor with Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts.

After the MVP season, McNair’s tenure with the Titans quickly came unraveled.

He was bothered by a sternum injury in 2004 that eventually required surgery. The injury limited him to just eight games that season.

Offensive coordinator Norm Chow came on board in 2005, and after that season, the Titans looked to the future drafting Vince Young, a McNair protégé, with the third pick in the ’06 draft.

The Titans and McNair could not agree on a reworked contract, as the quarterback refused to take a pay cut from the team, which desperately needed to lower his $23 million cap figure. McNair was eventually traded to Baltimore for a fourth-round pick in the 2007 draft.

McNair spent two seasons with the Ravens, leading the club to the AFC playoffs in 2006 with a 13-3 mark. However, he finished last season on injured reserve with a bad shoulder. He played in just six games with the club in 20007, fueling speculation that he might retire.

McNair finishes his NFL career with 2,733 completions in 4,544 attempts with 174 touchdowns and 119 interceptions. He threw for 31,304 yards in 13 NFL seasons.

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By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

It's about time.

By: frank brown on 12/31/69 at 6:00

When it comes to money Bud Adams plays as good a hand as anyone.. Adams was not going to pay big money for an over the hill quarterback. He knew this guy's years were over.

By: tv8527 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

If Tennessee had used him as a quarterback & given him some protection he might have still been a viable player.

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I'm glad he has made the decision to retire while he still has his health. Enjoy your millions McNair. If I were him, I would spend every last dime on myself. Forget everybody else. They were not on the field taking those hard hits, so why should they enjoy some of your money.

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I can't wait for Bud Adams to kick the bucket. This man is probably the most greedy money hungry people I know. Lets all hope the Bud's days are numbered. It'll be one less piece of trash we have to pick up.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

New yorker, the millions he made was off Bud Adams, so, how does that make him greedy?

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

No Boo, the Millions he made was off the people who have nothing better to do than to watch a bunch of grown men run around a field after a little ball, which is also how Bud makes his money. I would love to live in a country that has absolutely no sports. It's boring and it's dumb.

By: tytanz27 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I'd always believed that Eddie George was largely responsible for the titans' success, but now as news of "Air" McNair's retirement filtered down to me I found myself strangely emotional about it. I guess none of us really know if athletes read these comments, But if McNair does read this posting just let me say "I GENUINELY APPRECIATE WHAT YOU'VE SACRIFICED ON THE FIELD TO CONTRIBUTE TO SUCCESS OF THE OILERS/TITANS" You really did alot to make us all proud Titans fans. P.S . I Forgive the move to the HATED ravens!