One Titans' fan Web site, MusicCityMiracles.com has started a petition to have the club officially retire slain former quarterback Steve McNair’s jersey number.
McNair was killed in a murder-suicide in the early hours of July 4, and the Titans are currently weighing ways to honor him this season.
Those who wish to sign the petition can do so here. However, the final decision of whether or not to officially retire No. 9 likely rests solely with owner Bud Adams, who set forth the criteria that players must be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in order to have the club retire their number.
The Titans have already retired six jerseys with five of those players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Those include quarterback Warren Moon (No. 1), running back Earl Campbell (No. 34), defensive back Jim Norton (No. 43), guard Mike Munchak (No. 63), defensive end Elvin Bethea (No. 65) and guard Bruce Matthews (No. 74). All those but Norton are enshrined in Canton. Norton, a star of the club’s early AFL days, already had his number retired before the current criteria was established.
McNair was enshrined into the Titans Ring of Honor and the team Hall of Fame last fall, along with running back Eddie George and tight end Frank Wycheck. All three were key contributors to the Titans 1999 Super Bowl team, but his jersey No. 9 has yet to be officially retired by the team.
However, since he was traded to the Baltimore Ravens before the 2006 season, no Titans player has worn No. 9 or the No. 27 worn by George. Wycheck’s No. 89 was worn briefly by tight end Cooper Wallace and now has been issued to rookie tight end Jared Cook.