Friday, April 18, 2008

What becomes of Steve McNair's legacy?

If you haven't heard the news, Steve McNair retired.

Steve McNair had a pretty good 13 year career, and some might say that for about a 4 to 5 year span he was one of the NFL's elite, even sharing the MVP with Peyton (Paay-TAHN!) Manning one year. However, to say he is Hall of Fame worthy is a bit too much .

As the cliche goes, "it's the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of Pretty Good".

I was a fan of Air McNair when he was down in Houston. I think he was the centerpiece of the transition from the "Randall Cunningham is the only kind of black QB" to today's NFL where the color of the QB doesn't really matter: McNabb, Garrard, Young, Jackson, and Romo (oh yeah, he's black all right), all have different styles. He has got to be in the top list of toughest mother fuckers to ever play the game.

I think he deserves to be honored in the Titans organization in whatever they have up there. (Grand Ol' Opry plaques?)

Steve McNair might best be known from the Super Bowl against the Rams and the all to famous "One Yard Short" play. If the receiver had made that yard, does McNair's legacy change? What are your thoughts?


D-Nasty said...

If getting into the Hall was based on toughness, he would be my first pick. Other than that, yeah, he was solid, but the last 3 or so years with a crappy receiving core killed his legacy. He's still a bad ace mofo, in my opinion.

gerry dorsey said...

well i'm not sure he's a hall of famer, but then i tend to have different standards than the voters. i am a big fan though. that guy played in a lot of games he had no business playing in. he definitely amounted to about 10 times more than i ever thought he would when coming out of alcorn state.