Steve McNair to enter Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame

Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair is one of seven Mississippians slated for induction into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame next July, the organization announced Monday.

The 2014 class includes two other NFL players, Doug Cunningham and Deuce McAllister, broadcaster Robin Roberts, sprinter Calvin Smith and Richard Williams, the only coach ever to take a Mississippi team to the NCAA Division I Final Four.

“I think it’s important to note that all seven are from small-town Mississippi,” Rick Cleveland, the MSHOF’s executive director said. “They should serve as inspiration to youngsters — boys and girls no matter their background — across the Magnolia State.”

McNair, of course, was from Mt. Olive, Mississippi, which as of last year had a population of 979.

He was the third overall pick in the 1995 NFL draft, started 153 games in the NFL (131 for the Titans/Oilers), was the league’s 2003 co-most valuable player and led the Titans to their only Super Bowl. He also was a record-setting college quarterback at Alcorn State in Mississippi.

The formal induction will take place July 25, 2014 at Jackson, Miss.