McNair named AFC Offensive Player of the Month   printer  

In leading the Titans to a 6-2 record, Steve McNair was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for October.

In leading the Titans to a 6-2 record, Steve McNair was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for October.

NASHVILLE, TN, Oct. 29, 2003 -- Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for his performance in four October games.

In guiding the Titans to a 3-1 October record, McNair completed 74 of 121 passes (61.2 %) for 1,158 yards and five touchdowns while throwing just two interceptions. His yardage total was the highest of his career for a single month. While compiling a passer rating of 99.8, he also scored three touchdowns on the ground.

Its an honor to receive an award like this, McNair said. However, I think my teammates deserve to share in the award because theyve been making plays and putting me in position to make plays. The important thing is that we keep getting better and keep winning games.

Although the team lost its first game of the month at New England, McNair completed 23 of 45 passes for 360 yards in addition to scoring two rushing touchdowns in the game. The following week, Tennessee began its current three-game winning streak as McNair set a career high with 421 yards on 18-of-27 passing against Houston, marking the fifth time since 1970 that an NFL quarterback passed for 400 or more yards with 18 or fewer completions. He then led his team to victory over the previously unbeaten Carolina Panthers by completing 12 of 22 passes for 190 yards and one touchdown while running for an additional score in the game. The memorable month was capped off with a 21-of-27 effort for 187 yards and one touchdown in a win at Jacksonville.

This is the second time in his career that McNair has won AFC Offensive Player of the Month and second time in a three-month span. He earned the same honors in December 2002 after helping the Titans to a 5-0 record during the month.