Maryland sophomore McNair dies

The Sports Xchange

June 13, 2018 at 11:33 pm.

Maryland sophomore offensive lineman Jordan McNair died on Wednesday, executive athletic director Damon Evans announced.

McNair was 19.

He was hospitalized for unspecified reasons on May 29 after an organized team workout, and he was listed in critical but stable condition.

A GoFundMe page, which was created on behalf of his mother, Tonya Wilson, reported that McNair was airlifted to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He received a liver transplant and was “fighting for his life this past week.”

McNair’s exact cause of death was not immediately available. Maryland’s football program has kept information about McNair’s situation private, as requested by the family.

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound McNair played in one game as a true freshman in 2017 and was expected to be a key contributor in 2018.

Evans released the following letter announcing the death:

“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.”

Dennis Dodd of cbssports.com reported via Twitter that if McNair’s death is tied to a Maryland workout, it would be the 30th conditioning-related college football death since 2000.