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Once upon a time, there was a team from Houston called the Oilers.  They had some history in the city, and as it always has been in Texas, football is a way of life.  That way of life seemed to be less than what the franchise wanted, and they packed their bags and went northeast toward the land of country music and Graceland: Tennessee.  The franchise renamed itself and became the Tennessee Titans, and not many people considered the team a contender.

Not until they made it to the Super Bowl.  Even then, they were written off as the team that would fall short.  But by the end of the game, everyone wanted to see them make it.  They almost did, falling one yard short of a game-winning drive to clinch the Super Bowl title.  That year may not have ended as they hoped, but the respect for the franchise was solidified.

Steve McNair was the true Titan who lead the way.  He was also the most recent public image to meet an untimely demise.

McNair was found shot in a condo he owned with a 20-year-old woman. Both he and the girl were found dead.  McNair suffered several gunshot wounds, including one to the head, and the woman was found with a single gunshot wound to the head.  No gun was “readily apparent.”

The woman had spent a lot of time with McNair recently, though for reasons unknown.  Police say that the two had been pulled over with the woman driving, and was charged with a DUI after refusing a breathalyzer test, saying “I’m not drunk, I’m high.”

There are too many details left up to speculation over the murders, but the sports world has lost a positive force in the incident.  McNair was a respected and well liked individual who had a passion for integrity and sought to be that role model for kids.  His influence will be missed.

Rob @ July 5, 2009

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