McNair had many standout seasons with Alcorn State. In 1992, he threw for 3,541 yards and 29 touchdowns, and rushed for 10 more scores. In 1993, the Braves upped their record to 8–3 while McNair threw for more than 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns. He was also named First-Team All-SWAC for the third year in a row. In his senior season, McNair gained nearly 6,000 yards rushing and passing, along with 53 touchdowns. In addition, McNair won the Walter Payton Award as the top I-AA player and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting. He set career records for the Football Championship Series with 14,496 passing yards, as well as the division record for total offensive yards with 16,283 career yards. He was drafted by the Houston Oilers with the third overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft and became a full time starter for ten years, leading his Tennessee Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV.