Mrs. Mechelle McNair looked FIERCE!
Excerpts from the Associated Press:
Titans quarterback Vince Young didn't expect to speak Saturday during his mentor's funeral. He wound up summing up the emotional day with just a few words.
"Steve was like a hero to me, and heroes are not supposed to die," Young said before stopping to rub his eyes as he talked about the man he knew from football camps as a teenager and called "Pops" — Steve McNair, his predecessor with the Titans.
Nearly 5,000 turned out to say goodbye to the 36-year-old during one of the biggest funerals in the recent history of Mississippi, McNair's home state.
The high school football team McNair's son plays on wore their jerseys in honor of the man they often saw smiling from the sidelines.
The hearse carrying McNair's silvery-gray casket was escorted 30 miles down Highway 49 by nine police officers on motorcycles and several vehicles carrying family members. After the two-hour service, the procession headed back down that road to Mount Olive for a private burial.
Police escorted McNair's wife, Mechelle, and his mother, Lucille, into the stadium beforehand. Near the end, a handful of people surrounded his mother and his sons, waving them with fans and programs and giving hugs.
Brett Favre, who had a home near McNair's here in Hattiesburg, sat a few rows behind the McNair family but did not speak. Titans coach Jeff Fisher, Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis and Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler attended. Doug Williams, the first black quarterback to win the Super Bowl, also was on hand.
Young was added to the service late, and the quarterback drafted by Tennessee in 2006 to replace McNair remembered him as a father and mentor. Young said he felt selfish at times taking McNair away from his four sons to help him through his own life.
He then pointed at the Oak Grove High football team sitting in the stands and told them not to give up if they have someone that inspires them.
"Pay attention to that guy because every day you know I had to hear that guy's voice," Young said.
Lewis played against McNair and was his teammate the final two years of his NFL career. Lewis said he learned studying film and proper technique wouldn't help him beat a quarterback fueled by will, heart and sacrifice.
"I find myself in awe when I speak about a man like Steve McNair," Lewis said.
The program included memories from McNair's mother, his wife and sons, brothers, and nieces and nephews. Photos were also displayed of the quarterback who played 13 NFL seasons with Tennessee and Baltimore before retiring in 2008.
Coach Nevil Barr brought the jersey-clad Oak Grove team to the service. Steve McNair Jr. attends Oak Grove, and his father joined Favre at a summer workout two weeks ago to play catch with the kids.
"He was on our sideline every Friday night supporting his son," Barr said. "He loved to come watch Steve Jr., and we loved having him there. He always had that smile."
And on the heels of McNair's funeral...a private service was held for Sahel Kazemi in Florida
Death usually has it's share of irony and this one was no different. Steve McNair recently filmed a youth suicide public servie announcement. And last week he himself was the victim of a murder-suicide by his girlfriend. However, although the PSA was filmed after the horrendous events surrounding McNair's death, the Tennessee Department of Mental Healthy and Developing Disabilities decided against tairing it as it had never reached the point of being aired. Full story here