What they're saying about Steve McNair's death

Saturday, July 4, 2009 at 10:52pm
Staff reports

Teammate, Tennessee Titans

“The one thing that I do remember most about Steve was that we would both go together before every game inside the tunnel shaking everybody’s hand – every player, every coach, every trainer, everybody that was a part of the Titans family – and as we were going out and as we finished, we would stop and look at each other and say, ‘I love you.’”

Teammate, Tennessee Titans/Baltimore Ravens

“Steve was such a happy person. I even called him ‘Smile.’ He was always smiling and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. I’ve known him for 13 years, and he was the most selfless, happiest and friendliest person I have known. His family and my family are close, and it is a blow to us all. It is a devastating day. Steve will always have a place in my heart. My family and I are hurting for his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Teammate, Tennessee Titans

“He was just happy being retired. To have his life taken away from him is bad for everybody in the community and back in Mississippi. As a player, he was pretty even keeled at quarterback and he wasn’t going to be too high or too low. He didn’t show a whole lot of emotion outside of playing ball. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

Assistant coach, Tennessee Titans

“There was never any question about his heart, his toughness and his ability to play this game. He’s one of my all-time favorite people that I’ve ever had the chance to be around. I think he was perfect for that organization at that particular time. … I have a lot of fond memories. He’s meant a lot to many people. As I look back on him, one of the things I was most amazed about with him was his silent strength, the way he was able to lead people through example over words.”

Quarterback, Houston Oilers

“I remember watching him in the Super Bowl and how well he did leading the team back in the second half after they fell behind. I’ve always been very impressed with him. He was just a phenomenal athlete, could have probably played many other positions and when he got on the field, you could tell how well his teammates responded to him. That’s a big part of being a leader, being a quarterback, when you bring the absolute best out of your teammates. Steve was that kind of quarterback.”