Floyd Reese statement on Steve McNair

July, 4, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

New England Patriots senior football advisor Floyd Reese issued a statement about the death of quarterback Steve McNair. The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head at a downtown Nashville condominium.

Reese was the general manager who drafted McNair for the Houston Oilers third overall in 1995.

"I am deeply saddened to learn of today's tragic news regarding the death of Steve McNair. He was a player who I admired a great deal. He was a tremendous leader and an absolute warrior. He felt like it was his responsibility to lead by working hard every day, no matter what.

"I don't think there was a player who played with him or against him that didn't look up to him and respect him. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family, his friends and the many teammates who loved and admired him."

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