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Jimmy Morris

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Ever since all of the events came to light about the circumstances surrounding the murder of Steve McNair, the debate about how he will be remembered has been the hot topic. There is no doubt that on the field McNair was the consummate leader and a player that coaches, teammates, opponents and fans admired, but the thing with McNair was that it did not stop there.

He did as much good in the community as just about any player in the NFL. He started the Steve McNair Foundation which helps out thousands of underprivileged kids in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Baltimore each year. He made a $30,000 donation to a Boys and Girls Club in Mississippi that was struggling because of government budget cuts. When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, McNair stepped up and filled a tractor trailer with supplies to aid in the relief. So there was so much more to Steve McNair's character than just what you saw on Sundays.

At the same time, it is impossible to ignore the fact that he was killed, allegedly, by a girl that he was, by all accounts, having an affair with. It is heartbreaking to think that had he just been at home with his wife and kids none of this would have happened. Remembering McNair without thinking about the way he died will be impossible for most people, and that is not fair in the case of McNair.

Sure the man made mistakes when it came to his marriage, but if you step back and look at his whole life, he was so much more than just a football player, or a man that was having an affair that ended up killing him. He was a hero because he did extraordinary things on the football field. He was a hero because he spent a lot of time and money giving to underprivileged kids so that their childhoods would be better than his. Was he perfect? No, but he was absolutely a hero when all of the good he did during his life is taken into account.

By Jimmy Morris  |  July 8, 2009; 3:53 AM ET  | Category:  Baltimore Ravens , Crime , Tennessee Titans Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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When are we going to stop playing the "mistake" card? A "mistake" by definition is a momentary accident. There was nothing momentary or accidental about McNair's prolonged affair with a girl half his age.

Community? It's great that McNair used some of his cash to do charity work. But how many communities are devastated b/c men turn their backs on their families? McNair turned to life with a girlfriend that involved DUIs and - apparently - illegal drugs.

There's nothing "heroic" about making contributions to the community in public and then turning around and feeding the things that breakdown communities in private.

Posted by: p1funk | July 9, 2009 9:04 AM

P1funk,
Youre making some harsh moral judgements and reaching conclusions that are not supported by the facts as we know them (unless you have some inside knowledge about Steve McNair). There's no law or moral prohibition in any religion I'm familiar with that prohibits persons from having relationships with people "half their age". Secondly, if communities were always devastated by extramarital affairs, then there would be no communities left anywhere in the USA. Thirdly, there is insufficient evidence to say that McNair's "life with a girlfriend" involved DUIs and illegal drugs. Many persons are in relationships with other persons who have drug involvement without themselves being involved with drugs.

Posted by: mj2000 | July 9, 2009 5:17 PM

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