Jordan McNair, who was a rising sophomore offensive lineman at Maryland, died June 13, the school announced. He was 19.
McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive tackle who was set to be a part of the Terps' offensive line in the years to come. A highly regarded recruit out of McDonogh, the Randallstown, Md., native was named first-team All-Metro by
The Baltimore Sun in 2015 and 2016. He chose Maryland over a host of big-name schools, like Penn State and Ohio State.
Maryland interim athletic director Damon Evans wrote the following
about McNair's passing:
Dear Terrapin Family,
We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our student-athletes, sophomore football player Jordan McNair. Jordan was a tremendous athlete, student, teammate and friend, and he will be sorely missed. We offer our deepest condolences to his parents, family and friends.
Jordan was hospitalized following an organized team workout on May 29 and passed away today, June 13. For those who had the opportunity to know Jordan, you understand the sadness we are feeling.
Coach DJ Durkin asked me to pass along the following thoughts on his behalf:
"Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team. 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. Counseling services are available for our student-athletes and for our staff. Our thoughts and support continue to be with his family as they grieve the loss of this outstanding young man."
Sincerely, Damon Evans Executive Athletic Director
McDonogh head coach Hakeem Sule offered his condolences on Twitter.
McNair's current and former teammates also turned to Twitter to share their grief.
The Terps announced June 4 that McNair had been hospitalized following a team workout and was in "critical but stable condition." A GoFundMe to support McNair's parents, Tonya and Marty, was set up June 5. The fundraiser revealed that McNair received a liver transplant and was fighting for his life:
"There are times, when you spend just a moment with an individual and think to yourself, "What a wonderful person."
After meeting him, you quickly realize that Jordan McNair is an exceptional son, friend, teammate and human being.
Last week, Jordan was airlifted to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Without disclosing all of the details of Jordan’s medical condition, he received a liver transplant and has been fighting for his life for the past week – and will continue to do so over the next several months.
When friends inquired how they could help, Tonya and Marty asked only for prayers. Many of us have witnessed Tonya and Marty’s strength and faith during this experience. This is something no parent should ever have to bear. On her facebook page, one of Tonya’s favorite quotes is, "It’s not how big or heavy your load, it’s the way you carry it."
We are Jordan’s football family and want to help Tonya and Marty carry some of that heavy load."