Sunday, July 05, 2009
While the act of consummate sporting evil that was Homerun Throwback had me loathing the Tennessee Titans for a while, I never disliked their quarterback, Steve McNair, at all. He was just too classy of a player, with toughness that you don't see all that often anymore. I remember when he was being drafted, hoping somehow that the Bills might swing some kind of big trade to move up in the draft to get him (at the time it was clear that Jim Kelly was down to his last year or two), and frankly, the last twelve years of Bills history would certainly look different had they done something like that. (I don't recall any actual trade talk that year; it was just wishful thinking on my part.)
McNair was found shot to death yesterday. They don't know what happened yet. He had retired from the NFL a year ago, but even so -- this was a fine player, one of the best of the last fifteen years. Damn.