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Maryland OT Jordan McNair dies at age 19

After weeks in the hospital, the redshirt freshman has passed away.

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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.”