COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland Terrapin community came together on Monday morning to announce plans to honor football player Jordan McNair, who reportedly died after collapsing from heatstroke during an organized team workout at the end of May.
McNair died two weeks after he was hospitalized.
The team announced on Monday that they would be holding moments of silence for the September 1 and September 15 games and a scholarship will be established in his memory.
Terps Senior Ellis McKennie and sophomore Johnny Jordan said that the entire team will honor McNair by wearing stickers with his jersey number #79 on their helmets.
In addition, the Offensive Line team room will be named after McNair, his locker will be encased in glass and his Jersey will be retired until his graduation date. He will also be honored on Senior Day.
“Now more than ever we need your support,” said Johnny Jordan, who was McNair's Offensive Line teammate and roommate.
“It’s time to change the conversation to how we honor Jordan. Every play we make, every snap we make will be in his name," said Ellis McKennie.
A new report found that one year before McNair passed away, University of Maryland President Wallace Loh rejected a plan to overhaul how health care would be delivered to athletes.
The University Board of Regents held a special meeting Friday to discuss the college's actions following the death of McNair, voting unanimously to assume authority and control over all aspects into the investigation of McNair's death.
The board said it will also assume control over the commission formed to investigate the culture of the UMCP football program.