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A Loss to the NFL, A Loss to the World

Professional athletes are stuck in the eye of the public 24/7. How they handle it, well, that’s up to them. Many kids look up to these athletes as role models because they’re making a living doing what they love and have a passion for. Some of these supposed “role models” take their personal situation for granted and don’t spread the wealth to the community.

Guys getting locked up, shooting off their mouths about other players in the league, complaining about coaches – this isn’t what I’d want my kids to be following. The game is about passion, hardwork, intelligence, and toughness. The perfect model of those attributes: Steve McNair.

McNair’s love for football, especially the quarterback position, extended beyond all. Right out of high school, Steve was drafted by the Seattle Mariners baseball organization, but wanted to pursue his passion of football instead. He was recruited by many large programs, the likes of Nebraska and The Ohio State University, whom all wanted him to play defensive back.

Instead, he decided to go to Alcorn State where he was offered to play the quarterback position. After setting many records at his Division I-AA school, McNair was drafted third by the Houston Oilers in the 1995 draft making him the highest drafted black quarterback in NFL history at that time.

Through thirteen seasons of hardwork for the Oilers, Titans, and Ravens, McNair established himself as a household name in the NFL. There aren’t many other players, let alone quarterbacks, who could take the type of punishment he did on a regular basis and just keep getting after it. Not only was he a model quarterback, but he was also a model person to the world.

Through acts such as starting The Steve McNair Foundation, donating to the Boys & Girls Club, and his help with Hurricane Katrina relief, he always tried to find a way to bring positive light to our youth and give back everything he had earned.

Over the past few years, the NFL has been in the public’s eye through many negative events. From misdemeanor crimes, felony crimes, players ridiculing each other through the media. All of this has made it hard for anybody to focus on the positive ways the league and players try to reach out to the public. Hopefully the league can start advertising more of the positive before it’s too late for anybody to recognize. Recently the NFL lost a great player and the world lost even a greater man, RIP Steve “Air” McNair.

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8 Responses to “A Loss to the NFL, A Loss to the World”

  1. Clayton says:

    Steve’s endless community involvement in Tennessee and Baltimore through charity golf tournaments, youth camps and other efforts, combined with his Foundation, prove that he realized his true measure of a pro athlete after his playing days would be wider than his work on the gridiron. Kudos for that.

  2. DPrall says:

    I agree. He was one of the select pro athletes who handled his situation the way it should be handled. A true role model to kids and hopefully to other players in the league in how he gave to the community

  3. Logan says:

    Another reason why they should let all pros get consealed carry permitts so they can protect themselves………..not do what Romeo did and have them all bring in their guns after Plaxico shot himself. Give them the proper class on it and get them carry permits….they are targets for their fame and money

  4. Terry O. says:

    “Recently the NFL lost a great player and the world lost even a greater man”

    I must take exception to this remark. It is wrong on both counts:
    1) McNair was a very Good QB, not “Great”. I doubt if he gets to the HOF which is the mark of Greatness. (Yes I know he is 3rd in combined yards).

    2) He was not a “great man” either.
    Great men do not run around on their wives with young women. Neither do they abandon their four sons to take up residence with said woman(as has been widely reported). If such behavior were routine in our society, the social order would quickly collapse. So to that extent, McNair was not even average as a man (his “community” work to the contrary not withstanding).

    Further, McNair was arrested on DUI charges in Nashville in May 2003, when he also was charged with illegal gun possession.
    Again not the actions of a “great” man.

    So please, stop the politically correct “great man BS.

    He was a damn good football player, a leader on the field, and evidently an inspiration to other players on his team. But he was not a Great QB or a Great man.

    Terry O.

    • DPrall says:

      If all football players were under your definition of “greatness,” then only hall of famers are great, nobody else. If every human being is defined by your definition of “greatness,” that would leave a man/woman with absolutely zero flaws, having never done wrong. Good luck finding that. If our society didn’t have people running around on their spouses, the divorce rate wouldn’t be nearing 50 percent. If people were judged on things they were never convicted of, justice wouldn’t even serve purpose. If trying to tear down the character of someone late is how you make yourself feel like a “great” man, then so be it… I can’t stop you. I’m sure nobody will be talking about all the GREAT things you did for the community when your time comes though.

  5. Logan says:

    i love it when regular people like to judge those they have never met but have read sensationalized articles on and How do you know what was going on in his personal life the man donated and raised millions to help out the disadvanatged……….have you donated anything? Also on the DUI charges he was aquited….so way to go judging him on something he was proven not guilty on. how do you know he abondoned his kids, lots of dad’s bail on the mom but still are good dad’s……….

  6. ButchGavlen says:

    If that is all true, and I assume it is/was, then that all can be said in argument to your post, also. I happen to agree on the fact we are too quick to villify people llike stallworth for making a mistake any of us couold make, drininking or not; but we are much too quick to set Michael jacksons and Steve McNairs on a pedestal because we like one aspect of their lives. And I agree that he shouldn’t be running around on his wife and kids. Everyone who is married gets the same duldrums (sp)and experiences the problems of staying with one person brings, or challenges. There are many who are terrible people who try to buy redemption by giving to charity or such. I’m NOT saying he was terrible. I am saying your argument goes both ways.

    • DPrall says:

      I see what you’re saying, but in my eyes people are trying to rip McNair down because of one aspect of his life. Many people have said he’s a great friend (I obviously wouldn’t know personally), he was obviously a leader on the football field, and did everything he could do to be a leader in the community as well. The guy ran around on his wife, that’s been made obvious. I don’t support that at all, but not all who are married are faced with the same marital experience/problems as somebody in the limelight. Being on the road, focusing on your career, having women throw themselves at you; that wouldn’t make it easy. I’m not justifying his actions, but people are being too quick to judge the guy as a person because he cheated on his wife.

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