Former Titans' quarterback Steve McNair, arguably the most popular player in team history, says he will host Friday night's Ravens rally in Nashville, the night before the Ravens take on the Titans in the second round of the AFC divisional playoffs.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore.
McNair told News 2 Thursday he would never cancel and disappoint the many children expecting to him to be there.
"This is a charity event I'm doing for the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore and that's it," he said. "It doesn't have anything to do with the Ravens or the Titans. I'm gonna be there because I'm not gonna disappoint these kids."
The former Titan spent his final two NFL seasons in Baltimore but played more than a decade with the Titans franchise.
He insists the Friday night event, which will be held at Limelight, just feet from LP Field, is not about the Ravens nor the Titans, but the kids.
"People want to say it's about the Ravens, it's not about the Ravens. It's not about Tennessee. It's about these kids from the Ronald McDonald House and I can put a smile on their face," he told News 2. "It this taints my image I'm going to be very disappointed because that'll tell me that people [do not] care about me raising money to help kids. That's selfish."
McNair's manager had previously said he wasn't going to attend after learning the charity event in fact doubled as a Ravens pep rally.
Limelight owner Kenny Winchell had also said on News 2 This Morning Thursday he doubted McNair would be come.
In a statement Thursday afternoon, however, Limelight's management said McNair "will be in attendance on Friday night."
Additionally, the statement said the venue is "proud to be game day headquarters for Titans games and we are loyal Titans fans. On Saturday we will be a sea of blue and we will be rooting hard for our home team. With an open night on our calendar, we put together a Baltimore party to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House and the Steve McNair Foundation. We did not promote this event in Nashville and only wanted to welcome Baltimore fans to our fine city while simultaneously raising money for charity. It was not our intention to offend any Titans fans in the process."
Kick-off between the Titans and Ravens is set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday at LP Field.
Should the Titans wins, they will host the AFC Championship game the following week.
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