Young called McNair, a father figure since Young was a teenager, “Pops.”
“I hear his advice in my head with everything I do. Life will be very different without him,” Young said in a statement.
McNair’s friends want the quarterback to be remembered for his generosity. He gave away turkeys and checks in Tennessee, toys in Baltimore and paid for three football camps himself this year. Cook talked to someone Saturday who saw McNair cleaning up the field after one camp at Southern Mississippi.
“That was Steve McNair. That’s who he is. And who he was,” an emotional Cook recalled.
Cook described Mechelle, who married McNair in 1997, as “very upset, very distraught.” Funeral arrangements could be completed Monday with some of McNair’s family coming to Nashville to assist planning.
Nashville courts had no record of a McNair divorce case, but a home he owned in Nashville is on the market for $3 million.
The real estate agent declined to comment. Her online listing for property described it as a “gigantic house” of more than 14,000 square feet and photos showed a pool, home theater, baby grand piano and ornate furnishings throughout.
Kimberly Hardy visited a restaurant McNair recently opened near Tennessee State University to provide healthy, affordable food for college students. The Nashville woman said McNair had been nice to her the handful of times she met him. She said she hated what had happened to him.
“But I do think that all the greatness he accomplished will endure forever,” Hardy said.
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