Sun archives: Black QBs owe McNair big debt

Some 24 hours after Steve McNair announced his retirement, Troy Smith said he had yet to speak individually to his former teammate, mentor and friend, only as part of the team farewell meeting that had ended in a standing ovation.
Smith had a much more personal interaction in mind. “Mine is more dear than just football,” he said between Ravens minicamp sessions Friday in Owings Mills. “Way more.”Add “role model” to the adjectives that connect the young and old quarterbacks. And add it to McNair’s legacy, as the part that will live longer than any of his statistics.