Tragic news in College Park as Maryland confirmed sophomore offensive lineman Jordan McNair died on Wednesday.
A former four-star recruit who was expected to be a key contributor over the coming seasons, McNair was listed in critical but stable condition after being hospitalized for unknown reasons following a workout on May 29. A GoFundMe page was setup to help him and his family in the days that followed and had received nearly $25,000 in donations, noting that he had received a liver transplant in the process.
While there had been hope that his condition could improve, the school released a letter from their athletic director Wednesday afternoon confirming the awful, awful news:
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.
Executive Athletic Director
Thoughts and prayers to the McNair family and all of the Terps out there who are hurting after this loss.