Mechelle McNair, the widow of former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair, wants permission to give $2.5 million from her late husband’s estate to his heirs.
The partial distribution would provide $500,000 each to five heirs, but the request  filed Tuesday in Davidson County Probate Court did not name the recipients.
Likely beneficiaries include McNair’s sons , Tyler and Trenton McNair, born in Tennessee after his 1997 marriage to Mechelle, and two older sons, Steven L. McNair Jr. (known as Junior) and Steven O’Brian Koran, who were born in Mississippi.
The funds, part of nearly $20 million in assets left behind when the former Titans legend was murdered in July 2009, would come from a frozen investment account held by SEI Private Trust Co.
In December, Mechelle McNair agreed to have restrictions applied to the account while the court sorts out the estate of McNair, who left no last will.
Mechelle McNair, who is allowed to draw $10,000 per month from the account, has made two prior requests to access the restricted funds.
In March , she was granted a $120,000 payment to cover “continuing and necessary expenses” related to McNair’s estate, and in April,  she was given $3.72 million to cover state and federal estate taxes.