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Testudo Times Podcast: Marty McNair discusses Jordan McNair Safe and Fair Play Act

The father of late Maryland football player Jordan McNair sheds light on the work of the Jordan McNair Foundation.

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Welcome back to ouTTakes, a podcast that’s here to discuss Maryland sports from an inside perspective. Our goal of the podcast is to shine a different light on Terps sport figures and allow you to get to know them as people.

This time, I sat down with Marty McNair, the father of Maryland football offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who died after suffering a heat stroke during an offseason workout in 2018.

We talked about the recent work of the Jordan McNair Foundation and had a candid conversation about how the family has continued to deal with the tragic loss. We also discussed the Jordan McNair Safe and Fair Play Act, which recently went through a third reading in both the House of Delegates and the state Senate. The act will require athletic departments to implement guidelines to prevent, assess, and treat serious sports-related conditions, and it also assures student-athletes rights to profit off their name, image and likeness.

Update April 8: The Maryland House of Delegates passed the Jordan McNair Safe and Fair Play Act by a 131-6 margin.

On this episode:

  • How has the McNair family continued to deal with the loss of Jordan?
  • Marty discusses the evolution of the Jordan McNair Foundation.
  • The Jordan McNair Safe and Fair Play Act recently passed through a third reading in the the state Senate and House of Delegates. Why is that so important?
  • How does name, image and likeness tie into all of this?
  • Marty shares his thoughts on college football being played through a pandemic.
  • What shift has there been in the empowerment of student athletes?
  • Marty discusses his book “Can My Child Play?: The Questions We Should Have Asked.”
  • He sheds light on his relationship with current head coach Mike Locksley and the Maryland football program.
  • What is next for the foundation?

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