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Competitiveness set McNair apart

Originally Published: July 4, 2009
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

In the wake of the Tennessee Titans' painful loss to the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV, Steve McNair sat in front of his locker in a quiet room of the Georgia Dome, and he cried.

"So close," McNair said of the championship game's final play, when Titans wide receiver Kevin Dyson was stopped by Rams linebacker Mike Jones 1 yard shy of the end zone and a tying score. "It was so very close."

I was a sports reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution at the time, covering a title ...

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