COLLEGE PARK, Md. - A University of Maryland football player has died after he was hospitalized following an organized team workout two weeks ago.
The school’s athletic department said offensive lineman Jordan McNair passed away on Wednesday. The cause of death was not disclosed by the university.
“Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair,” Maryland head football coach DJ Durkin said in a statement. “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.”
McNair, a rising redshirt freshman, was taken to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore on May 29. His family did not want to disclose his medical condition, but McNair did receive a liver transplant and had been fighting for his life since.
"We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our student-athletes, sophomore football player Jordan McNair," said Maryland Executive Athletic Director Damon Evans said in a statement. "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."
The 19-year-old was from Randallstown, Maryland, and attended McDonogh School in Owings Mill. McNair was a consensus 4-star recruit and was the 6th-ranked player in the state of Maryland, according to ESPN and 247sports.com. He was a two-time All-Metro first-team selection and was also named to the Maryland high school All-State football team in 2015.
McNair, who is listed as 6-feet-4 and 325 pounds, appeared in one game last season. He was a kinesiology major.
Current and former Maryland teammates tweeted about McNair's passing:
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 In Peace Jordan McNair 🕊🙏🏾 Gone To Soon— DJ Moore💫 (@idjmoore) 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
R.I.P Big Jordan McNair 🙏🏽— Jalen Brown™ (@jbsmooth__) June 13, 2018
Life is too precious. Don’t take it for granted 😔💔— Jake Funk (@jakefunk34) June 13, 2018
this hurt man...you gonna be missed more than you could ever imagine bro, look out for us and fly high big homie...❤️🙏🏽— Lorenzo Harrison III (@Lo2Lo_) June 13, 2018
Lost for words and heartbroken, didn’t see this coming...I lost a teammate today and all I can do is pray and continue to talk to you everyday 🤞🏾🙏🏽this only gonna make us stronger and another reason to go even harder for you bro..RIP to my guy Jordan 💔 pic.twitter.com/qgXY637mxh— JLeake (@ny_king20) June 13, 2018