NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Former Titans great Steve McNair has been elected into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.
McNair was elected earlier in the week, but the news didn’t become official until an announcement Saturday morning. An announcement will also be made during Sunday’s Titans-Falcons game at Nissan Stadium.
McNair will become the fourth Titans player inducted to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. He’ll join long-time Titans owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr., running back Eddie George, and tight end Frank Wycheck.
The 2016 TSHF induction dinner is scheduled for Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the Omni Nashville downtown.
McNair was tragically killed in Nashville on July 4, 2009.
In 13 NFL seasons, including 11 campaigns with the Titans and two with the Baltimore Ravens, McNair set team records and accumulated the most wins of any quarterback in Titans/Oilers history.
McNair, who led Tennessee's famous drive that ended up a yard short of forcing overtime in Super Bowl XXXIV, also made a big impact in the Nashville community through the Steve McNair Foundation.
McNair was selected as the 2005 Titans Walter Payton Award Winner, given to the team's Community Man of the Year.
On the field, McNair was a four-time Pro Bowler. He was co-MVP of the NFL with Colts quarterback Peyton Manning in 2003.
"The man had ice running through his veins. He was so cool under pressure, so calm. He never raised his voice, never lost his composure," George said at the time of McNair’s death. "The football thing was one thing and I remember his playing days, but just the human being. He brought so much joy to so many people. He was a consummate pro and he was a gentleman. His legacy will live on.”
"If you were going to draw a football player, the physical part, the mental part, everything about being a professional, he is your guy," former Ravens and Titans teammate Samari Rolle once said of McNair.
McNair was the third overall draft pick in 1995 by the Houston Oilers. He played from 1995-2005 with the Oilers/Titans before playing his final two NFL seasons (2006-2007) with the Baltimore Ravens.
McNair finished his career with 31,304 yards passing and 174 touchdowns.
"On the field, there isn't player that was as tough as him, especially at the quarterback position," wide receiver Derrick Mason, a former teammate of McNair's in Tennessee and Baltimore, said of the quarterback. "What I have seen him play through on the field, and what he dealt with during the week to get ready for a game, I have never known a better teammate."
A first-round pick (3rd overall) by the Houston Oilers in the 1995 NFL Draft, Steve McNair led the Titans to the playoffs four times, including an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIV, while passing for 27,141 yards and 156 TDs in 11 seasons with the franchise. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP, Mike Mu)