Steve McNair

One yard. If Steve McNair's potentially game-tying pass in 2000 to Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kevin Dyson had just reached the end zone--and if the Titans had gone on to beat the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV--we'd be memorializing McNair, who was murdered at age 36 on July 4, as an NFL legend. Instead, we'll recall the quarterback, who was reared in small-town Mississippi and drafted out of tiny Alcorn State (Miss.) University, as a supremely gifted workhorse who fought through injuries to patch together an outstanding 13-year career. And sadly, what we'll most remember about Air McNair is...

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