Football

McNair retires after 13 NFL seasons

Steve McNair has decided to retire and informed the Baltimore Ravens in an emotional meeting before the launch of the team's first minicamp before the 2008 season.

After 13 seasons, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Steve McNair has decided to call it quits.

The quarterback has decided to retire and informed his teammates in an emotional meeting before the launch of the team's first minicamp ahead of the 2008 season.

McNair, 35, last tasted success in 2006, leading the Ravens to a 13-3 record in his first year with the team.

But the alumnus of Alcorn State University was hampered by injuries in 2007, and the Ravens struggled to a 5-11 record. Back and shoulder injuries limited McNair to just six games last season, during which he threw just two touchdowns with four interceptions and seven lost fumbles.

McNair had spent his previous 11 seasons with the Tennessee Titans, leading them to the Super Bowl in 1999, losing to the St. Louis Rams.

In 2003, McNair was named co-MVP of the NFL with fellow quarterback Peyton Manning.

After 161 career games played, McNair retires with 31,304 passing yards, 174 passing touchdowns to go with 119 interceptions and a career quarterback rating of 82.8.

McNair's also ran for 3,590 yards with 37 rushing touchdowns while losing 41 fumbles.

With files from the Associated Press