The name Steve McNair means one thing to NFL fans, but it means something even bigger to HBCU fans. McNair rose to stardom as a quarterback at Alcorn State to earn Heisman votes despite playing at the Division I-AA level.
He would go on to be the third overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers and lead the franchise to the Super Bowl in 1999 as the Tennessee Titans. The 2003 NFL MVP’s life ended way too early in 2009, but he remains a revered figure in HBCU football history.
He came along at a time when black quarterbacks were still fighting for acceptance in the NFL, but despite having that against him as well as coming from a small college (an HBCU at that) he beat the odds to not only make it in the NFL but thrive.
McNair would have been 44 on Feb. 14.
Check out our interview with legendary Howard SID Ed Hill about what happened when McNair played against HU in the Circle City Classic and at Greene Stadium in Washington, D.C.