Class of 2014: Steve McNair, his Airness

  This is the fourth of a series on the MSHOF's Class of 2014... ••• The first time I saw Steve McNair play football he was a 16-year-old junior at Mount Olive High making the State 1A Championship Game his personal playground. He kicked off through the end zone to start the game. He never came out, playing quarterback on offense, safety on defense, punting and returning kicks. He threw, he ran, he tackled, he made interceptions. Basically, he did whatever he pleased and led Mount Olive to victory over...

Remembering the great Steve 'Air' McNair

(Writer's note: Happily, July 4 will mark the 17th anniversary of the opening of your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Unhappily, it will be fourth anniversary of the death of Steve McNair, one of most incredible athletes these eyes have seen. Ruston Webster, a Madison native and the general manager of the Tennessee Titans Friday, called Friday to say he is donating one of Steve's last Titans jerseys, a pair of his game-used spikes and a helmet, to the Hall of Fame. "Least we can do," Webster, a...

Steve McNair would have been 40 today

A loving mother remembers her son Steve McNair would have been 40 today. He was a Valentine's Day baby, born in 1973. Lucille McNair, his mother, remembers. “That boy was in a hurry,” she said. “I was in labor for less than an hour. I barely made it to the hospital.” Mrs. McNair, recovering from knee replacement, met me on short notice Thursday at Steve's gravesite, on Highway 84 about eight miles east of Prentiss in Jefferson Davis County. We reminisced, along with two of Steve's brothers, Jason and Michael....