American FootballerDied when: 36 years 140 days (436 months)
Star Sign: Aquarius
Stephen LaTreal McNair (February 14, 1973 – July 4, 2009), nicknamed "Air McNair", was an American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons, primarily with the Houston / Tennessee Oilers / Titans franchise.
He also played for the Baltimore Ravens.McNair played college football at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi, where he won the 1994 Walter Payton Award as the top player in NCAA Division I-AA.
He was drafted third overall by the Titans (then known as the Houston Oilers) in 1995, becoming the team's regular starting quarterback in 1997, their first season in Tennessee (though he started six games over the prior two seasons in Houston), and remained the starting quarterback for the Titans through 2005.
After the 2005 season, McNair was traded to the Baltimore Ravens, with whom he played for two seasons before retiring.McNair appeared in the playoffs four times with the Titans, including their run to Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000, making his final playoff appearance in 2006 with the Ravens.
McNair was selected to the Pro Bowl three times, and was an All-Pro and Co-MVP in 2003.McNair was the first African-American quarterback to win AP NFL MVP and is, along with Cam Newton, Patrick Mahomes, and Lamar Jackson, only one of four to win the award.