JockBio Vital Stats

• Tennessee Titans/
Baltimore Ravens

• Quarterback • #9
  • Height: 6' 2"
• Weight: 235 • Born:12/14/73
• Died: 7/4/09
  • Several of Steve’s teammates from Alcorn State also played in the NFL, including DE John Thierry, WR Cedric Tillman and WR Torrance Small.
  • Steve’s older brother, Fred, played in the Canadian Football League, NFL Europe and the Arena Football League. He also starred at Alcorn State before Steve did. In fact, Fred was the first to be dubbed “Air McNair.”
  • In 1997, Steve topped the NFL in yards per carry, edging Barry Sanders 6.7 to 6.1.
  • Steve’s 64 yards rushing in Super Bowl XXXIV set a record for quarterbacks.
  • Steve was named AFC Player of the Month for his performance in December of 2002. In leading the Titans to five wins, he threw just one interception in 133 passing attempts.
  • Steve posted a perfect quarterback rating (158.3) for a half three times in his career—against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns in 2001 and the Houston Oilers in 2003.
  • Steve completed 60 percent or more of his passes each season from 2000 to 2006. His 63 percent mark in 2006 was the highest in Ravens’ history,
  • In his first year with Baltimore, Steve set a franchise record with an 87-yard touchdown pass to Mark Clayton.
  • Steve was one of only five quarterbacks in NFL history to rush for 3,000 yards and throw for 20,000 yards. The others are Fran Tarkenton, John Elway, Randall Cunningham and Steve Young.
  • Steve’s back was so bad that he couldn’t sit longer than 15 minutes without it stiffening up. He would have to get up from his seat four times an hour whenever he flew.
  • Steve ran a football camp for 300+ kids every summer.
  • Steve and Mechelle had four sons—Steve Jr., Steven, Tyler, and Trenton. They lived on a 647-acre farm in Mississippi.
  • Mechelle, who earned a degree in Biology from Alcorn State, also has a nursing degree from Belmont University in Nashville. In 2001, when Steve developed an infection after shoulder surgery, she was the one who administered his IV’s.
  • Steve spent part of every offseason fishing with Brett Favre, also a native of Mississippi.


Randall Cunningham,
1991 Collect-A-Book


Fran Tarkenton, 1975 Sport


Brett Favre,
1996 The Sporting News
Pro Football Register

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