Steve McNair to be inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall Of Fame

A legendary Alcorn State University alumnus will be recognized for his achievements on the football field.

The late Steve McNair will be among 10 athletes who will be inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame at its 50th Anniversary Induction Banquet Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the Omni Nashville.

The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, which held its first induction banquet in 1966, enshrines successful teams and individuals who display sportsmanship, good character and success, creating a legacy for others to follow. The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Museum is housed in the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

Derek Horne, Alcorn’s athletic director, showed his appreciation to the Tennessee Hall of Fame for honoring McNair’s storied professional football career.

“We would like to thank the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame for honoring our beloved Alcornite,” said Horne. “Steve made an everlasting impact and created unforgettable memories for fans in the states of Mississippi and Tennessee. His love for the game was infectious and will always be remembered. We look forward to supporting the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame when they enshrine him.”

McNair, who had a stellar career with the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens, led the Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV (34). He is the Titans’ all-time leading passer. He was selected to the NFL Pro Bowl three times and was the 2003 NFL Co-Most Valuable Player. He was drafted third overall in the 1995 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers.

McNair was a standout player for the Alcorn Braves football team. While in college, he won the 1994 Walter Payton Award as the top player in NCAA Division I-AA, now known as the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). He also finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting. McNair set career records for the FCS with 14, 496 passing yards as well as the division record for total offensive yards with 16, 283 career yards.

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