MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE

2009 3rd Extraordinary Session

To: Rules

By: Senator(s) Simmons, Browning, Butler, Carmichael, Davis (36th), Dearing, Hopson, Kirby, Stone, Walls, Ward, Watson, Wilemon

Senate Concurrent Resolution 502

(As Adopted by Senate and House)

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION MOURNING THE UNTIMELY DEATH OF LEGENDARY MISSISSIPPI QUARTERBACK STEVE "AIR" MCNAIR OF MOUNT OLIVE, AND EXPRESSING THE SYMPATHY OF THE LEGISLATURE.

     WHEREAS, the State of Mississippi joins the Town of Mount Olive in mourning the loss of legendary quarterback Steve McNair, whose untimely death occurred on July 4, 2009; and

     WHEREAS, Steven LaTreal "Steve" McNair, born February 14, 1973, and nicknamed "Air" McNair because of his "Superman" throwing arm, was best known for his years with the NFL Tennessee Titans; and

     WHEREAS, Steve McNair attended Mount Olive High School in Mississippi, as a freshman in the fall of 1987, where he played football, baseball and basketball in addition to running track.  As a junior, McNair led Mount Olive to the State Championship.  McNair also played free safety in high school, and in 1990 alone, he intercepted 15 passes, raising his career total to 30.  An All-State selection, McNair was named an All-American by Super Prep Magazine.  The Seattle Mariners drafted him in the 35th round of the 1991 Major League Baseball amateur draft; and

     WHEREAS, McNair played collegiately for Alcorn State University of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).  In 1992, McNair threw for 3,541 yards and 29 touchdowns, and ran for 10 touchdowns.  The Braves fashioned a record of 7-4, including a last-second victory in their rematch with Grambling.  In that contest, McNair returned from an injury and helped Alcorn State, trailing late in the final period, move deep into Tigers' territory.  Then, despite a leg injury, he tucked the ball under his arm and dove into the end zone for the winning touchdown; and

     WHEREAS, in his senior season at Alcorn State University, McNair gained nearly 6,000 yards rushing and passing, along with 53 touchdowns.  In the process, he surpassed more than a dozen records and was named an All-American.  In addition, McNair won the Walter Payton Award as the top I-AA player and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting behind Rashaan Salaam and Ki-Jana Carter.  McNair set career records for the Football Championship Series with 14,496 passing yards, as well as the division record for total offensive yards with 16,283 career yards.  The records still stand; and

     WHEREAS, Steve McNair was drafted third overall by the NFL's Houston Oilers in 1995.  He became the Oilers' regular starting quarterback in 1997, their first season in Tennessee, and remained the starting quarterback for the Titans until 2005.  In 1998, Steve McNair set career passing highs with 492 attempts, 289 completions, 3,228 yards and 15 touchdowns for the NFL Oilers, competing in Nashville; and

     WHEREAS, Tennessee opened the 1999 playoffs at home against the Buffalo Bills in a Wild Card game, winning on the "Music City Miracle" and eventually advancing to Super Bowl XXXIV in a rematch with the Rams.  On the final play of the game, a McNair pass to Kevin Dyson was complete, but Dyson was unable to break the plane of the goal line, giving the Rams the win.  McNair signed a new six-year contract after the season worth $47 Million; and

     WHEREAS, Steve McNair led the Titans to the playoffs four times, and the Ravens once, including Super Bowl XXXIV with the Titans.  McNair was selected to the Pro Bowl three times, and was All-Pro and Co-MVP in 2003; and

     WHEREAS, the 2006 season saw Steve McNair start each game for the Baltimore Ravens.  During the Week 14 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, McNair threw the longest touchdown pass in the Ravens' history, when he threw an 89 yard touchdown pass to receiver Mark Clayton.  McNair helped Baltimore to a 13-3 record and an AFC North Championship.  McNair started at quarterback in his first playoff game as a Raven when his team played against the Colts on January 13, 2007.  After 13 seasons in the NFL, McNair announced his retirement in April 2008; and

     WHEREAS, Steve is survived by his wife Mechelle; four sons:  Steve Junior, Steven, Tyler and Trenton; mother, Lucille McNair; father, Selma (Ann) McNair; brothers:  Fred (Barbara), Tim (Sharina), Jason (Avril), Michael "Doc"; and a host of other relatives and friends; and

     WHEREAS, Steve McNair's career was a reality, and so were the hundreds of hours of commitment he gave to community service through the Steve McNair Foundation.  The hours he and his wife spent loading food, water and clothes onto trucks for Hurricane Katrina victims (McNair himself arranged for the tractor trailers) and the three children's football camps he personally paid for each year are matters of record; and

     WHEREAS, Steve "Air" McNair is considered a legend in his hometown and his home state, and it is with great sadness that we note the passing of this remarkable athlete who was a role model for all young quarterbacks and whose community and charitable contributions were a model for all citizens:

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING THEREIN, That we do hereby mourn the untimely death of legendary Mississippi Quarterback Steve "Air" McNair of Mount Olive, and express to his surviving family our deepest sympathy on his passing.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That this resolution be presented to the surviving family of Steve McNair, be made available to the Steve McNair Foundation, the President of Alcorn State University, and made available to the Capitol Press Corps.