One year ago: Steve McNair
Steve McNair, an NFL quarterback for the Tennessee Titans, was called "the face of our team" by former teammate Brad Hopkins. McNair, who retired from football in March 2009, died one year ago today after being shot by a girlfriend who later turned the gun on herself.
The circumstances of his death were tragic and violent, but also scandalous as McNair was at the time married with two children.
McNair played 13 seasons in the NFL, making four Pro Bowls and in 2003 sharing league co-MVP honors with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Although he had some off-field blemishes to his record, by most accounts he was an outstanding and dedicated teammate.
Former Titans running back Eddie George recalled a routine he and McNair would go through before every game:
"The one thing that I do remember most about Steve was that we would both be together before every game inside the tunnel shaking everybody's hand, every player, every coach, every trainer, everybody that was a part of the Titans family."
For more on the quarterback, his life and untimely death, read Steve McNair's obituary in The Times.
-- Michael Farr
Photo: Steve McNair
Credit: Stefan Zaklin / European Pressphoto Agency