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07-27-2012, 10:29 AM
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I honestly find it impossible to think of George as a Nashville sports icon, but that's less to do with his work there and more to do with the fact that I'm a Buckeyes fan who's never lived in Nashville, only visited.

Are there any restaurants or such named after him down there? There's an "Eddie George's Grill #27" around South Campus Gateway up here, for example.
There was one across the street from the Bridge but it's now a Palm Restaurant

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07-27-2012, 11:04 AM
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How are you guys neglecting Pac Man Jones?!?

Being serious, does Peyton Manning count? I know a lot of UT fans that were Colts fans just because of him.

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Asked my son who's 28 and lived in Nashville all his life until he was 18 and he said Eddie George. I'd guess some of it comes from what you're interested in at the time. I'm much more invested in the Preds so I think it will be Weber in the long run.

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07-27-2012, 11:18 AM
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When I think nashville sports legends, first name that comes to mind is McNair. That isn't even close to fair, since I think we have had other players who were arguably more talented (Weber, Wycheck, Matthews, George) but like it or not, QBs get centerstage.

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07-27-2012, 11:42 AM
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Excellent. It's not like the guy was a stellar citizen before he was drummed out of town. If not for his death, most Titans fans would view him as a bum.
This is so blatantly false it's not even funny.

McNair wasn't the most upstanding citizen but you know what, neither was Lawrence Taylor and he is still held in high regards by Giants fans.

Also, McNair leaving TN was due to Floyd Reece and the fact that he was known for back loading contracts an putting the titans in cap hell.

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07-27-2012, 11:43 AM
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Brad Hopkins and Bruce Matthews are both hall of famers.
Brad Hopkins is NOT a hall of famer.

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07-27-2012, 11:46 AM
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Brad Hopkins is NOT a hall of famer.
No? Thought he was...

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07-27-2012, 11:48 AM
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This is so blatantly false it's not even funny.

McNair wasn't the most upstanding citizen but you know what, neither was Lawrence Taylor and he is still held in high regards by Giants fans.

Also, McNair leaving TN was due to Floyd Reece and the fact that he was known for back loading contracts an putting the titans in cap hell.
100% correct.

9 had an issue with women, but he was a good guy.

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07-27-2012, 11:50 AM
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I honestly find it impossible to think of George as a Nashville sports icon, but that's less to do with his work there and more to do with the fact that I'm a Buckeyes fan who's never lived in Nashville, only visited.

Are there any restaurants or such named after him down there? There's an "Eddie George's Grill #27" around South Campus Gateway up here, for example.
There is one next to the Palm which is right across the street from BSA. Not sure if it is still open though. We all know how sports icons and opening restaraunts are

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07-27-2012, 11:53 AM
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No? Thought he was...
Pro football hall of gamers with the titans/oilers

Pro Football Hall of Famers

Elvin Bethea
George Blanda
Earl Campbell
Ken Houston
Bruce Matthews
Warren Moon
Mike Munchak

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Thank you sir, I stand corrected.

I really thought a Vandy guy would have commented on my Grantland Rice pick...

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Impossible question to answer given the 14 years of unknowns, but if Weber continues down his path we are looking at some things: at least one Olympic gold medal. Likely at least one Norris. A legitimate shot at a Cup, though it is anything but certain. ~1500 games played. ~300 goals. ~500 assists. ~800 points for a defenseman. Even without the Cup I would say the rest would be enough to get him into the HHOF. He will retire a Predator if he plays out the contract, and there's a very good chance he retires the Preds captain.

Yeah I'd say there is an argument to be made.


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Thought on this today, in 14 years Chris Johnson will be long retired and if he tops 10,000 years he'll probably be somewhere in the conversation but I doubt he's got the "total package" to be considered an icon in this category.

Jake Locker could be in there, 14 years will cover most if not all of his career. I think he'll take over for Hasselbeck early this season and never look back. Kenny Britt could be there on natural talent, but his health won't let him build a strong enough on-field resume.

Pau Gasol probably would have been a contender if he hadn't gone to the Lakers, but maybe not, I don't think the Grizzlies have enough presence outside of Memphis for anyone short of the next Michael Jordan to be considered a statewide icon.

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07-27-2012, 03:45 PM
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Thank you sir, I stand corrected.

I really thought a Vandy guy would have commented on my Grantland Rice pick...
I'm on my phone and avatars and signatures aren't visible.

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Right now, it's

1A Air McNair
1B Eddie George

And deservingly so.

If Weber can bring a cup along with other accolades like multiple Norris trophies then absolutely.

The problem with this state is...Peyton Manning is still the most famous/loved person in the athletic world in regards to this state. It's quite sad actually.
How many "Cups" and "Norris's" do McNair and George have?

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07-27-2012, 03:48 PM
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And if and when Weber brings a cup home to Nashville, he will jump to number 1 in my book. Nashville loves a winner. Win and support will come.

A championship in Nashville would be the first of any major sport.

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He didnt play for TN professionally, but I think the best athlete with any Tennessee connection is Peyton Manning in many people's minds.

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07-27-2012, 06:37 PM
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How many "Cups" and "Norris's" do McNair and George have?
Doesn't matter. Football trumps hockey in this city and state by a vast majority.

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07-27-2012, 07:28 PM
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Doesn't matter. Football trumps hockey in this city and state by a vast majority.
The question isn't who's the most popular or well known, it's greatest athlete. Athletic performance should be by far the most important attribute.

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The question isn't who's the most popular or well known, it's greatest athlete. Athletic performance should be by far the most important attribute.
And athletic performance is absolutely what Steve McNair did.

The sole reason the Titans were even competitive in the Super Bowl was because of his athletic performance.

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If longevity was no consideration and ONLY athletic performance, then Jevon Kearse would win hands down. He truly was a FREAK his rookie year.

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And athletic performance is absolutely what Steve McNair did.

The sole reason the Titans were even competitive in the Super Bowl was because of his athletic performance.
Yes that is my question. What accolades does he have? What has he won?

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MN fan here but the first athlete that came to my mind was Eddie George. Can't argue with either him or McNair IMHO. Weber will be right up there.

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Yes that is my question. What accolades does he have? What has he won?
1999 NFL MVP. An AFC championship.

Not much, but we haven't had the most successful professional sports teams to choose from.

Preds and Grizzlies haven't done anything. Titans have been near the mountain top.

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Yes that is my question. What accolades does he have? What has he won?
The hearts and souls of Titans fans? McNair's Titans were undefeated at home for 15 months, pulled off the Music City Miracle, and came within a yard of winning a Super Bowl. He regularly sacrificed his body for the team (ex - plowing through linebackers to get TD's), and those sacrifices ultimately cut his career short. In the last half of his career, I think he was battling some sort of injury every game. The dude was a warrior.

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