Celebration Bowl

At Alcorn State, the name McNair still reigns supreme

Steve McNair put the school on the map. His brother, Fred is now the head football coach.

When Steve McNair began to emerge as a college football star in 1992, the tiny historically black Alcorn State in rural Claiborne County, Mississippi, became a desired location for professional football scouts, college fans and the national media. Even though he played at a Division I-AA school, McNair finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting and went on to a successful NFL career, including winning the league’s MVP award in 2003.

Now Fred McNair, the older brother of the late NFL star, continues the excellence connected to the family name as the head football coach at Alcorn State. Fred McNair sat down with The Undefeated’s senior writer Jerry Bembry.