ESPN’s Marcus Spears says Steve McNair is college football’s greatest quarterback.
Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer inadvertently waded into a national debate when he said that Clemson star sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence was “the best quarterback ever.”
Though Meyer clarified his viral statement by saying that Lawrence is the best current college quarterback in the game today, it was too late to stop what has now turned into a sports morning show debate about who actually is the best college quarterback of all-time.
The names of Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, Vince Young, and Tommy Frazier among others were lobbed into the discussion.
But during a First Take segment about the topic, former LSU All-American defensive lineman and ESPN college football analyst Marcus Spears went a completely different route.
Steve McNair deserves to be in the discussion despite him playing in the FCS at Alcorn State.
During his collegiate career, McNair McNair won the Walter Payton Award as the top I-AA player and finished third in the 1994 Heisman Trophy voting behind Rashaan Salaam and Ki-Jana Carter. He also set career records for the Football Championship Series with 14,496 passing yards, as well as the division record for total offensive yards with 16,823 career yards. McNair’s record for total offensive yards still stands to this day.