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McNair Calls It A Career

On April 17, 2008, Steve “Air” McNair retired at age 35 after 13 (hard) seasons in the National Football League. McNair threw for 33,068 yards, rushed for 3,590 yards and accounted for 214 total touchdowns (174 pass/ 37 rush).

He is one of just three NFL quarterbacks to total 30,000 passing yards and 3,500 rushing yards. Hall of Famers Fran Tarkenton and Steve Young complete this trio.

As a HBCU student-athlete, McNair set a NCAA record by accumulating 16,823 yards of total offense at Alcorn State. He was an unanimous All-America choice after his senior year. That year he also finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting, won the Walter Payton Award as the best player in Division I-AA and the Eddie Robinson Trophy as the best player at a traditionally black school. McNair averaged an awesome 527.2 yards of total offense per game that year. 

Urban Sports Talk & Entertainment will miss this gridiron warrior… respect to Steve “Air” McNair for advancing the cause of HBCU athletes and the Black Quarterback.


2 responses

  1. Anonymous

    This guy was “THE MAN” , and thats from a TRUE JSU fan. I remember his last college football game it was magnificent!

    October 31, 2008 at 11:00 pm

  2. It was truly a tragedy on this pass 4th of July. We missed McNair playing in the NFL, now we have to deal with his death.

    July 6, 2009 at 7:38 pm

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