Former NFL quarterback McNair killed in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Steve McNair and a woman were found shot to death Saturday
afternoon inside a condominium in downtown Nashville, police said.
Police spokesman Don Aaron said authorities were still investigating the shootings and that no suspects
were in custody.
"I don’t have any answers for you now as to what’s happened, who’s responsible," Aaron said.

Aaron said the 36-year-old McNair died of a gunshot wound to the head. He said police tentatively
identified the woman, but did not release her name.
"There are persons who were around the complex today, visitors, who have been taken to headquarters
for questioning, just to see what they know, what they may have seen," he said.
Aaron said officers went to the scene after receiving a call about injured persons inside the condo.
"When police officers arrived in response to that call, they found two individuals who had been shot
to death inside the residence," he said.
The condominium is one that McNair was known to frequent, but police spokeswoman Kristin Mumford said she
didn’t know if he was the owner.
McNair played 13 seasons in the NFL and led the Titans within a yard of forcing overtime in the 2000
Super Bowl, which they lost 23-16 to the St. Louis Rams. He also played for the Baltimore Ravens before
retiring in April 2008.
"We don’t know the details, but it is a terrible tragedy and our hearts go out to the families
involved," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.
"We are saddened and shocked to hear the news of Steve McNair’s passing today," Titans owner
Bud Adams said in a statement. "He was one of the finest players to play for our organization and
one of the most beloved players by our fans. He played with unquestioned heart and leadership and led us
to places that we had never reached, including our only Super Bowl."
About 50 people crowded just beyond police tape outside the complex in the upscale Rutledge Hill
neighborhood, some wearing Titans hats. The condominium is located within walking distance of an area
filled with restaurants and nightspots, a few blocks from the Cumberland River and within view of the
Titans’ stadium.
McNair began his career in 1995 with the Houston Oilers, who eventually became the Titans, and finished
with 31,304 yards passing and 174 touchdowns. McNair played with pain for several years, and the
injuries ultimately forced him to retire.
McNair’s most noted drive was the final one of the 2000 Super Bowl. He drove the Titans 87 yards in the
final minute, 48 seconds, only to come up a yard short of the tying touchdown. Kevin Dyson caught his
9-yard pass, but was tackled at the 1-yard line by the Rams’ Mike Jones.
McNair accounted for all of Tennessee’s yards in that drive, throwing for 48 yards and rushing for 14.
The rest of the yardage came on penalties against the Rams. Before that, he brought the Titans back from
a 16-0 deficit to tie the game.
"The people who didn’t know Steve McNair before will know him now," Tennessee tight end Frank
Wycheck said after the game. "Did you see that desire? Did you see that heart?"
During a five-game stretch at the end of the 2002 season, McNair was so bruised he couldn’t practice. But
he started all five games and won them, leading the Titans to an 11-5 finish and a berth in the AFC
championship game for the second time in four seasons.
McNair played all 16 games in 2006, his first season in Baltimore, and guided the Ravens to a 13-3
record. But he injured his groin during the season opener last season and never regained the form that
enabled him to earn a berth in four Pro Bowls.
"I am deeply saddened to learn of today’s tragic news regarding the death of Steve McNair. He was a
player who I admired a great deal," said New England Patriots senior football adviser Floyd Reese,
who was GM of the Titans when McNair played there. "He was a tremendous leader and an absolute
warrior. He felt like it was his responsibility to lead by working hard every day, no matter what.
"I don’t think there was a player who played with him or against him that didn’t look up to him and
respect him," Reese said. "My heartfelt condolences go out to his family, his friends and the
many teammates who loved and admired him."
Titans coach Jeff Fisher was out of the country, taking part in the first NFL-USO coaches tour to Iraq.