NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Dozens of Steve McNair fans donned Tennessee Titans gear as they lined up around a funeral home Thursday to honor the slain ex-NFL quarterback’s accomplishments and charity work.
Inside the building, a closed silvery-gray casket topped with white lilies sat next to a portrait of the former Titans star.
A line formed around the corner and police were directing traffic around the north Nashville funeral home. Many mourners showed up wearing Titans jerseys and T-shirts to pay their respects to a man they say was a leader of the team.
Derrick Lewis said McNair "put the Titans on the map."
Lewis, wearing a Titans jersey, said he and his family were devastated when they learned of McNair’s death. Police have said McNair, 36, was shot four times July 4 by a girlfriend who then killed herself in a condo McNair shared with a friend.
"Myself and my family were completely shocked and some of us were crying because you almost feel like you are related," Lewis said.
But Lewis said the details of the killing haven’t changed his opinion of McNair.
"I will always remember him for the good things that he did for the community and the Tennessee Titans," Lewis said. "Nobody’s perfect."
Annetta Moore brought her grandson, Darrien James, 9, and granddaughter Olivia Cole, 11, to the funeral home and said she planned to take them to LP Field for another public memorial Thursday and visit his restaurant.