A collection of contradictions

By Desi Cortez, BASN Columnist
Updated: July 14, 2009

DENVER (BASN) — McNair, no first name required . . . embodied the term “gladiator” as far as I was concerned. He played the game in a manner we all wish Quarterbacks did – with heart and with true grit, even when the only thing which kept him held together was the shoe-string and bubble gum we were told his nurse/wife wove him together with..

The man had heart.

Let no one ever doubt the heart of a Black QB. Let no one say we lack the courage to lead men by example, because this man embodied and exemplified “Blue collar.” He brought his hard hat and lunch-pale every Sunday.

And, least we forget, Air McNair over achieved against all the odds . . . because he was a Black QB. According to the sportswriters and fans across the country he wasn’t made of the “right stuff,” didn’t have the goods to lead a team of men to the Super Bowl.

And while we’re at it, dissecting the deeds of the dead, practicing and perfecting 20-20 hindsight, you and I should try not to lose site of what we all know is the truth – infidelity, unfaithfulness and betrayal . . . resulting in violence, i.e., murder, mayhem . . . death – plagues man at every level and tier of society. From the touchdown thrower, to the butcher, baker and computer chip-maker . . . .

And the boxing ring. The Gotti murder is but another example . . .

With that said, a civilization like ours, obsessed with determining blame when it comes to the untimely death of an entertainer like Michael Jackson, or a sportsman’s love rectangle like this one – gone bad . . . stands disinterested in a corrupt vice president running a shadow government, pitting the nation against the world . . . .

I can only believe, as a nation, we’ve got our priorities twisted inside-out.

McNair’s decadent, as in greedy and self-centered desire, to have his cake, cookies, candies and eat them all . . . merely reflects that eternal yearning of people to . . . have it all. To risk everything for self -gratification.

A man needs to know his limitations.

Steve McNair, like most men, was a collection of contradictions. He did good, he did bad. And at the end of the day, at the end of life – one can only hope the good far outweighs the bad.

McNair is now a real-life role model of how to play the game of football, and a tragic example of how not to play the game of life. So my thought is, as a parent of a young person, hold McNair up . . . as an example of extreme greatness . . . and extreme failure. Of what to do, and what not to do.

Having an affair. McNair’s not alone, presidents do it, generals do it, doctors, lawyers and engineers do it. Preachers and professors do it. Steve simply got greedy, threw over the middle, into traffic, triple coverage.

He gambled, and he lost.

May God bless his wife and their man-cubs, because, next to the victims, it is their lives which will be most impacted by this murder/suicide/execution.