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Quotes on the death of Steve McNair
Comments on the death of former NFL quarterback Steve McNair:
"He was one of the finest players to play for our organization and one of the most beloved players by our fans. He played with unquestioned heart and leadership and led us to places that we had never reached, including our only Super Bowl." -- Titans owner Bud Adams.
"This is so, so sad. What we admired most about Steve when we played against him was his competitive spirit, and we were lucky enough to have that with us for two years. He is one of the best players in the NFL over the last 20 years." -- Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome.
"There wasn't a tougher quarterback out there," Dyson said. "I've seen him take his shots, pull himself up off the ground and get back up in the huddle and not say a word." -- Former Tennessee wide receiver Kevin Dyson.
"He was a tremendous leader and an absolute warrior. He felt like it was his responsibility to lead by working hard every day, no matter what. I don't think there was a player who played with him or against him that didn't look up to him and respect him." -- New England Patriots senior football adviser Floyd Reese, who was GM of the Titans when McNair played there.
"Steve was special and as tough and competitive of a guy that I have ever been around. As soon as we got him in Baltimore, he gave our team instant confidence and I was fortunate to be around him for two seasons. As great of a player as he was, it was more of an honor to know him as a person. My heart and prayers go out to his family." -- Jets coach Rex Ryan, Baltimore's defensive coordinator during McNair's two seasons with the Ravens.
"I am in utter disbelief. Steve always came to work with a smile and a joy about him. I remember him as a dad that brought his kids to the facility and we all embraced them as our own. Not only will Steve's family miss him, but the entire NFL family has lost a brother. His death was far too early and my thoughts and prayers are with his family." -- Jets linebacker Bart Scott, McNair's teammate in Baltimore for two seasons.
"It's bad that stuff happens like that, and it's just disappointing, especially when it's a member of your club. It's real hard to lose somebody as it is. It just makes you appreciate the people you have." -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Kellen Winslow.
"I'm speechless. ... He was always 'Air McNair' to me." -- Orlando Magic guard Vince Carter.
"I am saddened and shocked by the sudden passing of Steve McNair. During McNair's career in the SWAC and the NFL he was a fierce competitor. McNair's collegiate career was one of the greatest in NCAA history and he will always be remembered for the tenacity and toughness that he displayed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family." -- Southwestern Athletic Conference commissioner Duer Sharp.
"He would come into the restaurant and eat and talk to customers just like anyone else. You would not know he was a star. This hurts so very, very much. Our community is going to miss him." -- Tennessee Sen. Thelma Harper, D-Nashville, a friend of McNair's who owns a restaurant near the one he recently opened.
"It's a bit of a shock. I'm a big Titans fan. I'm a big McNair fan. I can't imagine why anyone would want to do this," he said. "He's such a standup guy --he does so much work for the community, he has done so much for the city. I know we tend to idolize athletes but I always thought McNair was one of the few that was worthy of the adulation." -- Ken Schrupp, resident of the Nashville neighborhood where McNair's body was found.
"Steve was such a happy person. He was always smiling and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. I've known him for 13 years, and he was the most selfless, happiest and friendliest person I have known. It is a devastating day. Steve will always have a place in my heart." -- Wide receiver Derrick Mason, who played with McNair in Tennessee and Baltimore.