Titans plan to retire George, McNair’s numbers

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Tennessee Titans announced on Wednesday that they will retire both Eddie George and Steve McNair’s numbers. These two greats played the majority of their careers with the Titans.

Now, they will forever be linked together once again by having their jerseys retired. McNair’s No. 9 and George’s No. 27 will never be worn again.

Tennessee Titans greats Steve McNair passes the ball to Eddie George against the Arizona Cardinals
Steve McNair passes the ball to Eddie George against the Arizona Cardinals (Getty Images)

Both jerseys will be retired by the Titans on the same day. That’ll be Sept. 15 during the home opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

“Steve and Eddie will be forever linked as two of the driving forces for our team in the late 90’s and early 2000’s,” Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk said. “They were the heart and soul of the team and each made the other a better player and ultimately led to a great deal of team success. Their statistics will forever live in our record books, but their play and sacrifice is what our fans will always remember. For that and all that they have done for our team, the number 9 and 27 will be retired with the all-time franchise greats.”

George and McNair will become the seventh and eighth players to have their jerseys retired by the team. The Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans franchise has six retired numbers presently.

Those numbers include Jim Norton (No. 43), Elvin Bethea (No. 65), Earl Campbell (No. 34), Mike Munchak (No. 63), Bruce Matthews (No. 74), and Warren Moon (No. 1).

McNair and George played together from 1996 through 2003. During this time, the team had an 80-48 record — which was third-best in the NFL during this time. The Green Bay Packers 88-40 (.688) and the Denver Broncos 83-45 (.648) had better records.

The Titans also had four playoff appearances, including two division titles in 2000 and 2002. The team also appeared in the AFC Championship game in 1999 and 2002, and went to Super Bowl XXXIV before losing to the St. Louis Rams (now the Los Angeles Rams).

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