Campbell: Losing a Guy Like McNair Hurts
Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell had only returned to the area recently after a stretch back home in Mississippi and was shocked to learn that former quarterback Steve McNair, also from Mississippi, had been shot to death today in Nashville.
"I'm just devastated. Just in shock right now. He was so great in our community [in Mississippi]. When I heard about it today, it just sounded so unreal. I was just back home talking about him with a local friend. You go into total shock because you don't believe it. You don't know the details behind everything. You don't know what really happened, and you don't want to believe it. He just retired and he was just going to start living that next part of his life after football. I know a lot of his brothers. My heart just goes out to everyone in his family.
"The whole black quarterback thing, it's like a fraternity. Guys who played before you pass the torch down to younger guys. You always keep in contact with those guys who came before you. You try to keep in contact with them and learn as much as possible from them. Losing a guy like that from our fraternity ... it hurts because of how much you looked up to him. He's definitely one of the guys I looked up to. A lot of other guys looked up to him to. It's just a real hard day."
Secondary coach Jerry Gray also was close to McNair from his days in Tennessee and said:
"Steve was a very close friend. He was a tremendous competitor and a great guy to be around. Young players could learn a great deal from the way that he played the game. You hate to see a guy like Steve lose his life at such a young age. My thoughts and prayers are with the McNair family."
[For more on the Campbell-McNair QB connection -- which also includes a Mississippi guy named Favre -- see Mike Wise's October 2007 story.]
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