Maryland football player Jordan McNair passed away Wednesday, the school’s athletic department announced. McNair was 19 years old. The cause of death is not publicly known, but he had been hospitalized since May 29 after collapsing during an organized team workout.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our student-athletes, sophomore football player Jordan McNair,” executive athletic director Damon Evans said in a letter released by the university. “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.”
Today the Maryland family mourns the passing of Jordan McNair.
— Maryland Terrapins (@umterps) June 13, 2018
McNair was airlifted to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after he collapsed and eventually underwent a liver transplant, according to a GoFundMe created to support his family, and was “fighting for his life.”
Teammates of McNair, both former and current, as well as others who knew McNair took to Twitter to express their condolences.
Rest In Peace Jordan McNair 🕊🙏🏾 Gone To Soon
— DJ Moore💫 (@idjmoore) June 13, 2018
Jordan McNair, one of the best tackles I played in high school Rest In Peace bro🕊🙏🏽
— CY2 (@youngchase907) June 13, 2018
Rest In Peace Brother … we build a bond and won’t never forget the day we met and swapped jerseys man. everything I do is for you 😭this one hurt ….💔 pic.twitter.com/HBzIBD6Twj
— 5️⃣ (@AnttMacc_) June 13, 2018
McNair, a tackle from Randallstown, Md., was a 4-star recruit who played one game in 2017. You can donate to the McNair family support fund here.
“Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair,” coach DJ Durkin said in the letter. “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.”