Steve McNair retires from the NFL

April 17, 2008 at 2:49 PM
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OWINGS MILLS, Md., April 17 (UPI) -- Baltimore Ravens quarterback Steve McNair announced his retirement Thursday after 13 NFL seasons.

The former MVP and four-time Pro Bowl selection spent two seasons with Baltimore after playing 11 with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans franchise.

He was injured most of the 2007 season when he played in only six games.

"I enjoyed it ... I look back and wouldn't change a thing," he said at a news conference at Ravens headquarters in Owings Mills, Md. "It was a difficult decision. In my mind, I felt like I could still play but physically I just can't do it anymore."

McNair is one of three NFL quarterbacks to pass for 30,000 yards and run for 3,500 yards in a career, joining Fran Tarkenton and Steve Young.

Overall, he completed 60.1 percent of his passes for 31,304 yards, 174 touchdowns and 119 interceptions in 161 regular-season games.

The Oilers made him a No. 1 pick in the 1995 NFL draft out of Alcorn State.

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