Titans coach Jeff Fisher reflected on his memories of Steve McNair on Monday. Visibly emotional, Fisher called his former quarterback, who was found shot to death on the Fourth of July, one of the “greatest competitors” he ever knew.
“The Steve McNair that I knew would want me to say, ‘Celebrate my life for what I did on the field, for what I did in the community, for the kind of teammate that I was,'” Fisher said.
Fisher coached McNair for 11 of his 13 years in the NFL and revealed how dedicated the quarterback was to playing through pain during his career. Fisher said McNair went as far as to get an epidural just so he could walk and practice leading up to a game Thanksgiving week in 2005.
Fisher also credited McNair for helping put the Titans on the map in Tennessee after the franchise moved from Houston in 1997 and leading the organization to its first Super Bowl.
Former Titans RB Eddie George broke the news of McNair’s death to Fisher, who was in Kuwait last week as he made his way back from Iraq as part of an NFL coaches trip to visit the military.
“This is a devastating loss for the community, for the organization, for former teammates,” George said.