Never in a million years would most Tennessee Titans fans, or N.F.L. fans, have guessed that Steve McNair’s life would end violently, under compromising circumstances.
As a quarterback, McNair was a quintessential N.F.L. hero. The lasting football image of McNair is his marching his team the length of the field for a winning score, his thumb injured, sternum bruised and ribs cracked. But now McNair, who was 36, has died in what the police say was a homicide, alongside a woman who was also shot to death in his rented condominium in Nashville.