Steve McNair, the quarterback who led the Tennessee Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV and shared the 2003 NFL most valuable player award with Peyton Manning, is among those who will be inducted to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame as its 50th anniversary class next June.
The group, announced Saturday, consists of 10 individuals and a group of six football-playing brothers from Memphis. Two of the 10, including McNair, will be inducted posthumously.
The induction ceremony is scheduled for June 18, 2016 at the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville.
McNair played 135 games, including the postseason, for the Titans/Oilers following the franchise’s relocation from Houston. His first season as a starter was 1997, when the then-Tennessee Oilers played their home games in Memphis.
He became a fan favorite before the Titans traded him to Baltimore in 2006.
A look at the rest of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame 2016 induction class:
• Mike Curb, auto racing – His teams have won more than 400 races in 25 series, including the Indianapolis 500 and the USAC Triple Crown.
• Conrad Graham, football – A three-year starter in the secondary at the University of Tennessee, where he intercepted 15 passes, including seven in 1972 when he was named All-America, and scored three touchdowns off turnovers.
• Earnest Gray, football – He was a wide receiver who started four years at Memphis and led the Tigers in receiving three times (1976, 77 and 78). He then played seven years in the NFL with the New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.
• Canale brothers, football – Dubbed “the greatest football family that ever came out of Memphis,” three (Whit, Frank and George) played the University of Tennessee and three others (Justin, Billy and Conn) played at Mississippi State.
• Lester McClain, football – A wide receiver out of Nashville, he was the first African American to play in a varsity game at the University of Tennessee. He caught 70 passes for 1,003 yards in three seasons.
• Missy Kane, track – A Nashville native, she started as a walk-on at the University of Tennessee but was captain of the 1977 team that finished fourth in the national championship. She later competed at the 1984 U.S. Olympic trials and was cross country coach at Tennessee.
•King Oehmig, golf coach (posthumous) – He led Baylor School to 21 state championships, 18 region titles and 15 individuals state championships in a 12-year run (1997-2008). Six of his players became NCAA All-Americans and five played on the PGA or LPGA Tours.
• Mike Taylor, football/official – He was an all-state football player at Jackson North Side and then a four-year starter at Tennessee-Martin. He started as a high school official, built a national reputation calling Ohio Valley Conference games and then became an SEC official. He has worked four SEC championship games and the 2005 BCS title contest.
• Joe Biddle, media – A native of Johnson City, he worked 18 years at the Nashville Banner and then joined The Tennessean in 1997 after the Banner folded. The National Sportswriters and Sportscaster of America named him Tennessee Sportswriter of the Year four times.
Lifetime Achievement Inductee
• Duard Walker, coach – He was the only Milligan College athlete to earn 12 varsity letters in five sports (football, basketball, baseball, tennis and track). Then he coached baseball, basketball, cross country and track and field teams at Millgan and served as athletics director.
Sidewalk Records Vice President of Promotion Larry Hughes will relocate to Nashville in December. Of note, Mike Curb started Sidwalk Records in Hollywood in 1963 when he was only 18.
Eric Parker and MusicRow.com have full details here.
Curb Records of Nashville and California-based Christian radio entity K-LOVE are partnering this NASCAR season on sponsorship of the No. 98 K-LOVE Car — the Ford Fusion piloted by fifth-year NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Michael McDowell for the Phil Parsons/Curb-Agajanian Racing team, Curb officials announced Wednesday. The theme will be “Let It Start With Me,” a message originally targeted by the recent Dove Award-nominated song of the same name by Curb Records’ Christian band No Other Name. Curb founder Mike Curb has a history of NASCAR race team ownership. He became a partner with Phil Parson Racing this season.
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