Former Tennessee Titan Steve McNair is dead today; the victim of shooting that took place at 2nd Ave and Lea in Nashville, Tennessee. Police discovered two bodies at the scene, one woman and a man. The man was later determined to be former Titan QB Steve McNair. The apparent cause of death, a single gunshot wound to the head. The name of the woman is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.
Although details still remain sketchy what we know is this. Police received a phone call at approximately 1:36 pm today. There has been no official confirmation of what happened. Speculation from an unnamed source indicated the double homicide may be a murder suicide.
McNair was one of the most beloved players to ever wear the Titan uniform. His style of play was a combination of self-determination and grit that inspired many of his teammates around him. He often played with unbelievable pain. He suffered a broken sternum yet would not let it keep him away from the game he loved. This giant of a man from tiny Alcorn State a largely unknown university played big time on the NFL stage as Air McNair. Perhaps most memorable performance as a Titan was in Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000, when the Titans attempt to tie the game ended one yard short.
Steve played tough and played hurt and was a true competitor. Injuries ultimately led to his retirement following two years with the Baltimore Ravens. Steve was a big presence in Nashville. He had a home here, a restaurant over on Jefferson Street, and was very active in the community. He held a football camp here in Nashville and that was one of his last events in the public eye. He leaves behind his wife and two sons.
The news has come as a stunning shock of the Titan Nation. McNair had made the decision to make Nashville his home and was becoming an integral part of the community just recently opening his own restaurant in the area. Fans and spectators have already begun lining up along Second Avenue and Lea trying to find out exactly what has taken place and pay tribute to the one the so admired. Just a week ago the former Titan QB was in the Jeff Fisher charity softball game at the home of the Nashville Sounds, having fun with current and former teammates and raising money for charity.
We have learned that a possible witness was driven away by police at around 2 PM this afternoon. What she knew is still unknown. People continued to celebrate the 4th in an outside pool adjacent to the complex where the body of All-Pro quarterback was found. Police and crime scene investigators as of 5 pm were reporting that the bodies have not been moved and that the crime scene is still being processed. A woman, a possible witness, has been taken to the police station, and she too has not been identified.
Once again, Steve McNair is dead today at the age of 36. Police got the call around 1:46 pm and he was found with a gunshot to the head. Police were notified by the apartment manager. Although the bodies were discovered between 1:30 and 2:00 PM today police are still trying to determine the timeline. It is possible the murders happened last night and were only discovered this afternoon. Processing of the crime scene could take several hours.