Jay Cutler reflects on how McNair helped him through the Senior Bowl and draft processes, which lead to a blossoming friendship over the past few years. Jay also talks about how watching McNair flourish with the Titans, and his constant toughness, influenced his playing style from the Vanderbilt era through to his NFL career.
Mt. Zion Baptist Church, where McNair's memorial service will take place tonight, can hold up to 5,500 people; I'd expect that capacity to be tested to say the least. Mourners can go to one of two sessions for viewing. Details are in the story.
Terry McCormick counts down Steve's most memorable moments in a Titans uniform.
Jim Wyatt has a great piece where Mike Heimerdinger reflects on what kind of man, leader and competitor Mac was. The best story is about their first game together:
...there was some slight tension before their first game together, during the 2000 season.
Back then, [Heimerdinger] didn't know much about McNair's ritual of taking a nap before every game.
"I knew when Mac was upset, and he knew when I was upset, but we never really got after each other. Things were good,'' Heimerdinger said. "Really, our biggest clash might have been before the first game when I went to find him and give him reminders — I was real nervous and trying to cover things I thought should be covered, and he was sleeping.
"I woke him up for a third time and he said, "Just relax, I have this taken care of.'' So I learned to relax.''
It's a hideous twist of fate that Steve will never get to see his oldest son, Steve McNair Jr., take the field for a Division I college. The younger McNair already has offers from West Virginia, Tulsa, Mississippi State and Southern Miss., Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Ole Miss and Alcorn State.
Nashville Scene writer Jack Silverman has a good piece on the debate over McNair's legacy.
One day I'm going to run into Mike Florio and kick him straight in the doink for the one million exploitative things he's done on PFT. Is anyone surprised that he's treating this event like it's a season ending CSI cliffhanger? Or that the finding of the police wouldn't be good enough for this idiot? Seriously though, it's gonna be awesome when we cross paths.
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