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12 years ago today, NFL legend Steve McNair passed away

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A true legend by the name of Steve McNair left this Earth 12 years ago and many friends, teammates and fans took time out today to remember his great athleticism on the football field.

Born in Mount Olive, Mississippi, McNair was destined for greatness as he starred on both offense and defense in high school. He ended up choosing Alcorn State University as his next home to further his playing career where he would have an everlasting impact on the Braves organization.

At ASU, McNair would start all four years as quarterback and would have an outstanding senior season where he threw for 5,377 yards while rushing for 904 with a total of 56 touchdowns.

McNair was the third overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers (eventually turn into the Tennessee Titans).

McNair’s NFL career would go on until 2008, playing for the Titans for most of his career and spending his last two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. He threw for 174 touchdowns in his NFL career and was the NFL MVP in 2003 as he was selected to play in three Pro Bowls over his career. McNair was also the first African-American to receive the Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award in 2004.

McNair died on July 4, 2009 at the young age of 36, leaving behind a wife and four children. His legacy will continue to live on as many fans still praise his hard work and athleticism. Many camps have been implemented in his name to help players improve their game.

McNair’s Tennessee Titans jersey number is officially retired and he will always be remembered as one of the greatest football players in the history of the game.

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