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Desmond Bieler
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Desmond Bieler

An assistant news editor at The Washington Post

McNair Played Tough


When I think of Steve McNair, the first thing that comes to mind is: Respected.
The NFL is a rough league, and as McNair's would-be successor in Tennessee, Vince Young is finding out, it has no room for those who can't play with pain, both physical and psychic. Conversely, those who suffer more than their share of injuries, yet shrug them off and play, earn the greatest respect from their teammates and opponents.

McNair definitely fell into the latter category, as he seemed to be constantly battling some major ding or another, but he rarely failed to take the field and perform effectively. It wouldn't surprise me to learn that the pre-game graphics that show a diagram of an athlete's body and all the places where a specific player is hurt, were created for McNair.

And who was more ennobled in defeat than the Titans quarterback in that Super Bowl game against the Rams? For all that St. Louis and its quarterback, Kurt Warner, enjoyed a Cinderella season that year, by the time the Big Game rolled around, the Rams were the heavy favorite, but McNair came within a shoestring tackle on Kevin Dyson of orchestrating a valiant upset.

Finally, McNair always seemed to comport himself with class and humility, qualities that tend to earn respect from those who follow football, as well as play it. This is a sad day for all of us who love the NFL. McNair will be missed.

By Desmond Bieler  |  July 4, 2009; 7:35 PM ET  | Category:  Crime , Tennessee Titans Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Look up warrior in the dictionary and you'll see McNair's picture.

Posted by: randysbailin | July 5, 2009 2:27 PM

Also "a sad day for all of us who love" men who are true to their children and wives!

Posted by: washington101 | July 6, 2009 2:07 PM

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