Maryland football player dies two weeks after hospitalization


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A University of Maryland football player died Wednesday, two weeks after he collapsed during an organized team workout.

The school announced the death of sophomore offensive lineman Jordan McNair, 19, although it did not release what led to his hospitalization on May 29 or the cause of death.  

According to a GoFundMe page started to help raise money for his parents, Tonya and Marty, McNair received a liver transplant and was expected to be hospitalized for several months.

The goal of $20,000 already had been surpassed as of Wednesday afternoon.

“Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair,” Terrapins 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, listed at 6-4, 325 pounds, played in one game last season as a redshirt freshman, which came in Maryland’s second game of the 2017 season against Towson. He attended McDonogh School in Randallstown, Md., and majored in kinesiology at Maryland.

The school said in a statement that counseling services would be provided to student-atheltes and staff.

Executive athletic director Damon Evans issued a statement:

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our student-athletes, sophomore football player Jordan McNair,” Evans said. “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. … For those who had the opportunity to know Jordan, you understand the sadness we are feeling.

“Our thoughts and support continue to be with his family as they grieve the loss of this outstanding young man.”

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