It's a tragic story all around. Steve McNair had it all -- fame and fortune from a successful career as an NFL quarterback and a beautiful wife with two kids, as well as two kids from a prior relationship. He was widely respected for being a fierce competitor who worked hard to get the most of his skills. In 2003, he became the first African-American quarterback ever to win an NFL most valuable player award.
But, McNair's life had a secret, dark side too. On the Fourth of July of this year, he was shot and killed from four gunshot wounds, in a condominium in Nashville, Tennessee. A young woman, reported to be his girlfriend, was found dead nearby. The Nashville police consider it to be a murder-suicide. They believe she killed McNair and then took her own life. McNair was only 36 years old.
Obviously, McNair's wife and four young children are now forced to come to terms with this terrible tragedy. To make the situation worse, they won't be allowed to grieve in private and try to move on with their lives. Instead, it will take them much longer to put this awful situation in the past because McNair wasn't prepared for his untimely death.
The Associated Press reported today that McNair died without a will. His wife was forced to hire a probate lawyer and file to open the estate this week on an emergency basis, because his estate needs to be administered. The court filing in a Nashville, Tennessee probate court indicated the value of his estate was not yet known. The probate judge granted McNair's widow the legal authority to administer the estate.