Ranking the best quarterbacks in NFL history #45. Steve McNair

45. Steve McNair: McNair is one of the most overlooked signal callers when a topic like this comes about, but there is no doubt that he deserves to be on the list.  He was the third overall pick by the Houston Oilers in the 1995 draft out of Alcorn State.  McNair played 13 seasons in the NFL with the Oilers/ Tennessee Titans and the Baltimore Ravens.

He spent his first two seasons as a backup to Chris Chandler before being given his opportunity to be a starter.  McNair was the primary starter for nine straight seasons in Tennessee and was a three-time Pro Bowler.

Three of his most impressive seasons came between 2001-2003.  In 2001, McNair completed 61.3 percent of his passes for 3,350 yards and 21 touchdowns.  He also rushed for 414 yards and five touchdowns.  In 2002 he bettered those numbers by throwing for 3,387 yards and 22 touchdowns as well as 440 yards on the ground.  2003 may have been the best year of his entire career as McNair completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 3,215 yards and a career high 24 touchdowns with only seven interceptions.  For his efforts that season, McNair was named the AP NFL MVP while being named to the Pro Bowl for the second time.

For his career, McNair completed 60.1 percent of his passes for 31,304 yards and 174 touchdowns.  He also rushed for 3,590 yards and 37 touchdowns on only 669 attempts.


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