Stephen LaTreal McNair (February 14, 1973 – July 4, 2009), nicknamed Air McNair, was an American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL).
He spent most of his career with the Houston / Tennessee Oilers / Titans and also played for the Baltimore Ravens.McNair played college football at Alcorn State in Lorman, Mississippi, where he won the 1994 Walter Payton Award as the top player in NCAA Division I-AA.
He was drafted third overall by the NFL's Houston Oilers in 1995, becoming the team's regular starting quarterback in 1997, their first season in Tennessee (though he started six games over the prior two seasons in Houston), and remained the starting quarterback for the Titans through 2005.
After the 2005 season, McNair was traded to the Baltimore Ravens, with whom he played for two seasons before retiring after thirteen NFL seasons.McNair led the Titans to the playoffs four times, and the Ravens once, and played in Super Bowl XXXIV with the Titans.
McNair was selected to the Pro Bowl three times, and was an All-Pro and Co-MVP in 2003.
McNair was the first African-American quarterback to win AP NFL MVP and is, along with Cam Newton and Patrick Mahomes, one of only three to win the award.
On July 4, 2009, McNair was fatally shot by his mistress, Sahel Kazemi, in a murder–suicide.