Greatest Player: Steve McNair
The NFL simply hadn’t seen a quarterback with Steve McNair’s size (6’2 and 230lbs) who combined the mobility, arm strength, pure passing ability, and overall poise that people saw in Steve McNair.
Overcoming questions about the level of competition he faced at tiny Alcorn State University, McNair enjoyed a wonderfully successful career spanning 11 seasons with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, and then finishing out his career with the Baltimore Ravens. The three-time Pro Bowl selection was also named the co-MVP of the NFL in 2003, when he led the NFL with a 100.4 passer rating.
Runner-Up: Eddie George
After winning the Heisman Trophy at Ohio State University, Eddie George became one of the true “workhorse” running backs in the NFL, accumulating 10,441 rushing yards, 268 receptions, 2,227 receiving yards, and 78 touchdowns (rushing and receiving) during his nine-year career.
In 2000, he led the NFL in rushing attempts, yards, and touchdowns, resulting in being selected a First-Team All-Pro that year.
Challenger: Derrick Henry
After being woefully and alarmingly neglected by former head coach Mike Mularkey, once the Tennessee Titans’ started handing the football to running back Derrick Henry, he began playing at a level that reminded old school NFL fans of an evolutionary Earl Campbell.
Following a 2018 season in which he ran for 625 yards and 8 touchdowns in the month of December alone, Henry played like a man possessed in 2019, running for 1034 yards and 11 touchdowns in just 8 game,s and then adding another 377 yards rushing in two playoff games. If he keeps up his current level of play, it’s pretty staggering to think what his final rushing totals could be.