Several of Steve’s
teammates from Alcorn State also played in the NFL, including DE
John Thierry, WR Cedric Tillman and WR Torrance Small.
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
In 1997, Steve
topped the NFL in yards per carry, edging Barry Sanders 6.7 to 6.1.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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