Should the Tennessee Titans retire Steve McNair’s #9?

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Last fall, during the halftime ceremony of the Tennessee Titans’ memorable 31-21 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, Steve McNair, Eddie George and Frank Wycheck were inducted into the team’s newly created Ring of Honor.

However, despite the recognition, the jerseys of the aforementioned Titan greats were not retired. As a matter of fact, a set of criteria was established that requires guys such as McNair, George and Wycheck to meet three stipulations in order for their numbers to be retired:

Adams also created a set of criteria for future players to have their jersey numbers retired. Players would have to meet three benchmarks to attain this honor, including entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, recognition as achieving their greatest success with the Titans/Oilers franchise and play the majority of their career with the Oilers/Titans franchise.

Should the Titans make an exception to their policy by immediately retiring the late Steve McNair’s #9 jersey?

McNair meets two of the jersey retirement standards: he played the majority of his career with the Titans while enjoying his greatest NFL success in the city of Nashville.

However, McNair won’t be able to accomplish the third standard until 2013 at the earliest and judging by the thoughts of many, he’s going to unfortunately have a difficult time gaining entry into Canton.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’d have a tough time witnessing another Titan player wearing the #9 jersey. Therefore, it would be great if the Titans decided to waive their newly implemented jersey retirement rule to allow McNair the honorable distinction of having his number off-limits forever.

For those of you interested, feel free to visit here to sign a petition for the Titans to do the right thing by retiring McNair’s #9 jersey.  

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6 Responses to “Should the Tennessee Titans retire Steve McNair’s #9?”

  1. Titansfan Says:

    I would love to see them retire his jersey. I think he definitely deserved it, just like he deserves to be in the Hall of fame.
    If having extra marital affairs was a criteria to one not making it into the hall of fame, then there would likely be no players in the HOF.

  2. James Miller Says:

    I think his jersey should definitely be retired. It would be a great honor for his four sons.

  3. TitanzFann Says:

    THIS IS A MOOT POINT. BUD ADAMS SAID WHEN McNAIR LEFT TO PLAY IN BALTIMORE THAT NO ONE WOULD EVER WEAR #9 FOR THE TITANS AGAIN. NUMBER 9 IS ABSOLUTELY, 100 PERCENT RETIRED.
    END OF DISCUSSION.

  4. reamee88 Says:

    #9 should be retired. Steve did alot for the Nashville community and the TN TITANS, NFL, Mississippi and other organizations. He was a good man.

  5. Will Says:

    I agree that it’s a moot point. No other player will ever wear #9 for the Titans. Retiring the number simply makes it official.

  6. Andrew Strickert Says:

    I believe the Titans will rehonor Steve in some additional way, and probably more than one way. He’s already got his name on the Titans Ring of Honor at LP Field. I’m sure the Titans will have a patch or decal on their uniforms or helmets this year, sort of like the GU63 patches worn around the league last year. There will probably be a “Steve McNair Day” for one home game. I’d like to see his banner go up somewhere on the stadium again, but the problem there is where do you put it and do you take someone else’s down to make room for his.
    There’s an image of Vince Young on the wall above and around the Titans Pro Shop. Young is probably the only backup player in the league to have his likeness prominently displayed on an NFL stadium. Maybe McNair’s banner could be hung over it to cover it up, although it would probably not happen, at least as long as VY is a Titan.
    But my main problem with retiring Steve’s number is making an exception, which often causes problems. If an exception is made for Steve, then people are going to say Eddie deserves to have an exception made for him. And then for Wycheck, Dyson, Hopkins, Bulluck, and on and on. You have to draw a line somewhere and Bud Adams has already determined that.
    I don’t have a problem with the Titans continuing their policy of not assigning #9 to anyone without officially retiring it, as long as Steve is honored in other appropriate ways.

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