Sometimes it's "Air McNair'' for the 4,000-yard seasons he had in college.
And sometimes it's "Dare McNair,'' because he's had to prove to his NFL doubters that he could duplicate those big numbers he put up at Division I-AA Alcorn State.
Now the doubters can call him a Super Bowl-bound quarterback.
Sore toe and all, McNair ran around the field Sunday like a kid heading for a candy store. And with Eddie George accompanying him, the Tennessee Titans are on their way to the Super Bowl after defeating Jacksonville 33-14.
McNair clearly enjoyed the moment, even when he was asked what "Dare McNair'' means.
"I don't know,'' the quarterback said. "You tell me.''
It means the Super Bowl is usually reserved for big name guys with big school pedigrees. McNair defies those rules. Teams figure if you challenge him, he won't respond.
"It was a mental adjustment,'' he said. "After 4,000-plus yards every year in college, now I'm in a balanced attack throwing for 100 or 200 yards every game. I had to get Eddie the ball.''
McNair had one of those 100-yard games Sunday, a humble 112 on 14 of 23 completions.
But he also ran for 91 and scored two touchdowns, jitterbugging his way all around the Jaguars in the AFC Championship game, punctuating it with a 51-yard dash in the fourth quarter that set up the wrapup touchdown.
Naturally, he also scored it.
"It was play action, a one-man route, led by the tight end,'' he said. "It was a great fake with Eddie. The cornerback and safety didn't bite. I had to make something happen.''
It was like that all day. Over and over, McNair made something from nothing against a determined defense designed by Jacksonville coach Tom Coughlin.
"He's a strong, strong, physical football player,'' Coughlin said. "We had guys with our arms wrapped around him and they couldn't bring him down. He's a tremendous weapon when he's running down the field.
Time after time, he seemed pinned, caught with no place to go. Then he'd sidestep a tackler, head fake another, and the next thing, he was either running downfield or passing there.
McNair was not 100 percent, either.