Web site begins petition to retire McNair's number

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 3:21pm

One Titans' fan Web site, MusicCityMiracles.com has started a petition to have the club officially retire slain former quarterback Steve McNair’s jersey number.

McNair was killed in a murder-suicide in the early hours of July 4, and the Titans are currently weighing ways to honor him this season.

Those who wish to sign the petition can do so here. However, the final decision of whether or not to officially retire No. 9 likely rests solely with owner Bud Adams, who set forth the criteria that players must be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in order to have the club retire their number.

The Titans have already retired six jerseys with five of those players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Those include quarterback Warren Moon (No. 1), running back Earl Campbell (No. 34), defensive back Jim Norton (No. 43), guard Mike Munchak (No. 63), defensive end Elvin Bethea (No. 65) and guard Bruce Matthews (No. 74). All those but Norton are enshrined in Canton. Norton, a star of the club’s early AFL days, already had his number retired before the current criteria was established.

McNair was enshrined into the Titans Ring of Honor and the team Hall of Fame last fall, along with running back Eddie George and tight end Frank Wycheck. All three were key contributors to the Titans 1999 Super Bowl team, but his jersey No. 9 has yet to be officially retired by the team.

However, since he was traded to the Baltimore Ravens before the 2006 season, no Titans player has worn No. 9 or the No. 27 worn by George. Wycheck’s No. 89 was worn briefly by tight end Cooper Wallace and now has been issued to rookie tight end Jared Cook.


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10 Comments on this post:

By: tim4wsp on 7/14/09 at 2:19

Why? Because he got whacked by some crazy lovelorn psychopath while his kids were at home wondering where he was?

By: localboy on 7/14/09 at 2:39


By: TITAN1 on 7/14/09 at 3:06

Or maybe because of the great career he had with the Titans.

By: courier37027 on 7/14/09 at 7:59

Current standards for retiring Titans' uniform numbers seems reasonable, namely HOF induction.

By: jps13pat on 7/15/09 at 10:58

I think he's HOF worthy; subsequently, I think he's worthy of having his number retired by the Titans. Even if he doesn't make it into the HOF, he's the guy that lead us to our only Super Bowl. There are plenty of other Titans/Oilers whose numbers are retired that couldn't pull that off.

By: courier37027 on 7/15/09 at 2:02

George Blanda should have his number retired before McNair, based on championships and HOF logic. Blanda led the Houston Oilers to the first two AFL titles, held many league records while playing for the Oilers. Granted just a third of Blanda's career was played for Houston.

By: jwk6179 on 7/15/09 at 3:13

When you compare Steve McNair's career stats against the career stats of other QBs that played during the same time frame as Steve McNair, he has very medicore, middle of the pack stats. Kerry Collins, Boomer Esiason and Dave Kreig have equal or better yards and TDs than McNair and I don't think you will see any of those in the Hall Of Fame unless they visit Canton. I know that Steve McNair has better more yardage and TDs than Terry Bradshaw, Bob Greise and Bart Starr, all HOFers, but they all played in an era when you could lead the league in PASSING with 2500 yards and a 3000 yard PASSING SEASON WAS A RARITY and a 300 YARD GAME IN PASSING WAS EVEN RARER. No, I don't think you will ever see Steve McNair, Eddie George or Frank Wycheck enshrined the PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME!!!

By: TITAN1 on 7/15/09 at 8:46

jw, you are such a dick. You live here, but you hate our home town Titans! Any person with any sense knows that Steve and Eddie are deserving of the HOF. Frank had a great career and should be considered, also. You fish out of water are just pathetic.

By: jwk6179 on 7/16/09 at 3:00

I live in the real world, not the FANTASY TITANS WORLD that you, George Plaster, Darrin McFarland and Terry McCormick live in. When you look at the career stats of Steve McNair, Eddie George and Frank Wycheck, they pale in comparision other players at their position that played at the same time that they played. Even though Eddie George has over 10,000 yards rushing, so do Ricky Watters, Ottis Anderson, Corey Dillon and Fred Taylor and none of them are considered HOFers. In fact, every one those RBs have rushed for more yardage than Eddie George has. And even though Frank Wycheck is only one of five TEs in NFL history to have over 5000 Yards and 500 Receptions, two of the others, Shannon Sharpe and Tony Gonzalez, have twice the recieving yardage and three time the TDs than Wycheck yet they don't have twice the receptions. Wycheck is barely over 5000 yards and barely over 500 receptions. Ben Coates has 490 receptions and over 6500 yards and 49 TDs and he isn't in the HOF. My views are BASED ON FACTS, WHEREAS AS YOUR VIEWS ARE BASED ON FANTASY!!!!!

By: jwk6179 on 7/16/09 at 3:35

These are the NFL QBs that have more yardage than Steve MCNair that are not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and are no longer active NFL players:
Ken Anderson,
Phil Simms
John Hadl
Steve DeBerg
Jim Hart
Jim Everrett
Boomer Easiason
Dave Krieg
Drew Bledsoe
Vinny Testaverde.

And these QBs, along with the ones listed above, have more career Passing TDs than Steve McNair, and they aren't in the HOF;
Roman Gabriel
Randall Cunningham
John Brodie.
If these QBs with better stats than Steve McNair ARE NOT ENSHRINED IN CANTON, how can you argue than Steve McNair will be.