Maryland offensive tackle Jordan McNair died Wednesday, the university has announced. He was 19.
McNair collapsed during a team workout on May 29 and received a liver transplant at UMD Medical Center. He had been in critical condition since. Tweets from Maryland players trickled out Wednesday afternoon before an official announcement was made.
The former four-star recruit out of McDonogh School in Baltimore committed to the Terps in summer 2016 and signed his letter of intent in February 2017. He made his college debut in Maryland’s win over Towson in September, but didn’t return to the field last fall. McNair was entering his redshirt freshman season.
It’s an emotional time for his parents, Tonya and Marty, as well as the entire McNair family. The outpouring of support from his Maryland football family has been powerful, and McNair will never be forgotten in College Park.
“Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team,” head coach DJ Durkin said in Damon Evans’ letter to the Maryland community. “Jordan was a hard worker and he always had a smile on his face. He was an extremely talented football player and a humble and genuine human being. He embodied the essence of what it means to be a teammate.
“Jordan was a fighter. Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter. Please continue to pray for Jordan’s family during this difficult time.”
Rest In Peace Jordan McNair Gone To Soon— DJ Moore (@idjmoore) June 13, 2018
Lord, words cannot explain anything right now. Thank you for allowing me to know a great friend, teammate and a man who was truly a brother. Watch over us all Jordan and rest in peace, Love you forever. ❤️— Kasim Hill (@Khillqb11) June 13, 2018
Rest easy brother. U were taken to soon from us but we know that your in a better place now pic.twitter.com/KSakp734iA— Tyler Damon DeSue (@DeSueTd3) June 13, 2018
Life is too precious. Don’t take it for granted— Jake Funk (@jakefunk34) June 13, 2018
Rest In Peace Brother ... we build a bond and won't never forget the day we met and swapped jerseys man. everything I do is for you this one hurt .... pic.twitter.com/HBzIBD6Twj— 5️⃣ (@AnttMacc_) June 13, 2018
I'm ready to play for my dawg man I ain't never been so hungry in my life— 5️⃣ (@AnttMacc_) June 13, 2018