Steve McNair
February 14, 1973 - July 4, 2009

Steve McNair, was a talented professional football player who spent his career as a quarterback for the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League.  McNair played collegiate football at Alcorn State and was drafted third overall in 1995 by the Houston Oilers, now known the Tennessee Titans. 

After the 2005 season, on June 7, 2006, McNair was traded to the Baltimore Ravens where he spent the remainder of his career before retiring in July 2008. McNair spent 13 seasons in the NFL, taking the Tennessee Titans to four playoff appearances; and led the Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV where they lost to the St. Louis Rams 23-16. He also led the Baltimore Ravens to one playoff appearance. Steve was the Tennessee Titan's all-time leading passer and was selected to the Pro Bowl on three occasions in 2000, 2003, and 2005. He was also named Co-AP NFL MVP in 2003.

At the time of his death, Steve was married to Mechelle McNair, in which they had two sons. McNair also had two other sons by two other woman.

Steve was the victim of a murder-suicide in which he was killed by his mistress,  Sahel Kazemi. McNair met Kazemi at a Dave & Buster's restaurant where she worked as a server and where he often ate with his family. McNair and Kazemi started dating in the months leading up to the shootings. Steve was shot two times in the head and two times in the chest. After killing McNair, Sahel Kazemi committed suicide by turning the gun on herself shooting herself in the side of the head. The bodies of McNair and Kazemi were found in a condominium rented by Steve McNair in Nashville, Tennessee.

Prior to McNair's death, he and Kazemi had been pulled over for which Kazemi was arrested for driving while under the influence. The gun used in the shootings had been purchased after the traffic stop by Kazemi from a convicted murdered she had previously met. It is thought that Kazemi, who had a  worsening financial situation, believed McNair was in another extramarital relationship adding stress to the situation. In text messages sent prior to their deaths, Kazemi had asked McNair to wire money in her bank account so that she could pay bills.

Steve McNair is buried in Griffith Cemetery, in Prentiss, Mississippi.

The official cause of his death was listed as a homicide with gunshot wounds to the head and torso.


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