Steve McNair became a Heisman Trophy candidate at Alcorn State and was drafted in the first round by the Houston Oilers in 1995, who later relocated to Tennessee, where he was represented by agent Bus Cook.
According to multiple college teammates, McNair was being paid well by Cook even in college.
In the latest episode of Sports Illustrated's series on McNair's life, which ended in July 2009 when he was shot in a condo in Nashville, teammates detailed payments Cook made to McNair during his college playing days.
Cook represents several well-known players, including Russell Wilson and Cam Newton and was the primary sports agent for Brett Favre, Randy Moss, Ray Lewis, Calvin Johnson, Jay Cutler and McNair.
McNair's backup at Alcorn State, Jerry Fletcher, said they visited Cook once a month for payment.
"Me and Steve used to disappear all the time and we'd just go to Bus Cook['s] office, all the time. You know? He'd pick up a little, some money or whatever, and then we used to leave and come on back to Alcorn. We did that numerous occasions," Fletcher told SI. " hen me and him was going down there he was getting exactly $5,000."
Cook denied the allegations.
However, another Alcorn teammate who went on to hire Cook, told Sports Illustrated the claim was accurate.
Marcus Hinton was asked by SI's Tim Rohan: "Was Bus giving Steve money, or ... or you know, helping him out financially, back then?"
"I don't know if he was in high school," Hinton said. "But I mean in college, I mean he was all looking out for us, and doing stuff for us."
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