Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair was shot and killed in Nashville home this weekend from an apparent double homicide.
According to local media, the retired football player was shot in the head in downtown Nashville residence, along with a female victim. CNN.com reports that authorities are questioning people who were near the residence, but they said no one was in custody.
Further details regarding the shooting were still unknown at press time. Stay tuned for updates.
The Titans released a statement through its owner Saturday (July 4), sending their condolenses to McNair’s family. “We are saddened and shocked to hear the news of Steve McNair’s passing today,” Titans owner, Bud Adams Jr., said in a statement. “He was one of the finest players to play for our organization and one of the most beloved players by our fans. He played with unquestioned heart and leadership and led us to places that we had never reached, including our only Super Bowl. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they deal with his untimely passing.”
McNair announced his retirement in April 2008 after 13 seasons in the NFL. The last years of his career were played with the Baltimore Ravens.
He guided the Ravens to a 13-3 record in 2006, his first season in Baltimore after 11 years in Tennessee. But he injured his groin during the season opener last season, after which he decided to retire.
The Houston Oilers drafted McNair with third pick in the 1995 NFL Draft, and played there before the team changed their name to the Tennessee Titans in 1998. He led the team to four playoff appearances, including the Super Bowl after the 1999 season. He was named co-MVP of the league in 2003, sharing the award with Peyton Manning, after throwing for 3,215 yards and 24 touchdowns with only seven interceptions.
Just last month, McNair opened a new restaurant in Nashville called Steve McNair’s Gridiron9, specializing in grilled menu items. He was planning to expand to other locations, including other areas in and around Nashville and then, in McNair’s home state of Mississippi.