Mississippian Steve McNair retired Thursday from the Baltimore Ravens, ending a quarterbacking career that included an NFL co-MVP award, a Super Bowl appearance and a third-place finish in the 1994 Heisman Trophy balloting.
His highlight-filled career, which may be Hall of Fame worthy, almost never began.
Lucille McNair raised five boys in Mount Olive, with Steve the second youngest. Football was not in her game plan.
“It was a dangerous sport to me,” Lucille McNair said. “They were the ones that decided they wanted to play football. After they started, I supported them.