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McNair was face of Titans

Updated: July 4, 2009, 10:12 PM ET
Associated Press

When the Houston Oilers fled Texas for Tennessee more than a decade ago, the franchise needed a face to sell the NFL in a place where college football ruled for decades.

They found it in Steve McNair.

The talented, if somewhat unconventional, quarterback gave the rebuilding team a foundation to build on. He also helped turn the renamed Titans into one of the AFC's most consistent winners during his tenure, a team built more on grit and toughness than eye-popping stats.

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