Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Without looking at any stats, but just thinking off the top of my head, Steve McNair might have had the best career against the Steelers of any quarterback in recent memory.
Nothing we can say can really do justice to just how many times Steve McNair tore our hearts out over his NFL career. From his time in Tennessee to his last full season as a starter in Baltimore (not a coincidence that this was the last time Baltimore swept the Steelers).
Of course, you always love to see your team play well against someone who has traditionally been a thorn in your side. Which is why the Steelers Monday night game against Baltimore in 2007 was one of our favorite games at Heinz Field. The Steelers came out sporting their throwback jerseys for the 75th anniversary. Legends were in the building, and a legend was born. For those who don't remember, this was the game that put James Harrison on the radar as a dominant defensive player. Harrison had 10 tackles (9 solo, 1 asst), 3 1/2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 interception. It was a totally unreal defensive performance against Steve McNair, who had torn our defense to shreds in a 37-0 rout in late 2006.
As much as we disliked McNair for what he was able to do against our defense on the field, you never wish for bad things to happen to people in their personal lives. McNair's death is sad and tragic, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.