Make no mistake, Steve McNair has no regrets about retiring from the NFL.
The former Titans and Ravens quarterback was hosting his annual football camp at Goodpasture High on Thursday and appeared to be enjoying himself. In fact, one of the first things he said to a group of media members was: “Thank God I’m retired. It feels good.”
McNair, the quarterback who led the Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV, said retirement was treating him well.
“Right now I feel great about the decision because I know how my body feels,” McNair said. “I’ve been putting my body through punishment for 13 years.”
When asked what his daily routine is, he said: “What Steve wants to do.”
McNair is now focused on his camps that he runs, one of which is the annual camp at Goodpasture. The camps have produced 80 Division I signees and a number of pro quarterbacks, one of which was current Titans quarterback Vince Young. McNair commented on Young’s recent admission that he considered giving up football after his Rookie of the Year campaign in 2006.
“You never know what goes through a young man’s mind,” McNair said. “People expect a lot out of you. …You feel like, ‘This is not for me.’”
Young’s focus, McNair said, should be simple.
“Think about what to do to help this team,” McNair said. “Everything else is secondary.”
McNair had perhaps his best season and was the NFL’s co-Most Valuable Player in 2003. McNair’s career flourished under offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger from 2000-2004. Heimerdinger has now returned to the Titans and McNair said he is confident his former mentor can help Young and the Titans improve its production.
“[Heimerdinger helped] my footwork, my technique, strong mind,” McNair said, adding an offensive coordinator and quarterback have “got to be on the same page.”
McNair said he would continue to work with his foundation to help charities and children in Nashville and that he has a number of business interests he is involved in. And while he says he’s still competitive with his businesses, he said he isn’t going to get carried away.
“I’m not going to put myself in a position to work hard — I don’t have to,” he said laughing.