The Tennessee Titans second-year receiver O.J. Murdock has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot in Tampa Bay. Murdock had yet to report to training camp this season due to undisclosed personal reasons.
Murdock never got to see the field as a Titan. He signed with them in 2011 as an undrafted FA and suffered an Achilles injury August 1st, 2011, putting him on IR.
Titans receiver O.J. Murdock died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound this morning in Tampa, Fla., police said. Murdock shot himself in front of his high school in Tampa, according to the Tampa Tribune.
According to a media alert sent out by the Tampa Police Department on Monday morning, Murdock, who signed a free agent deal with the Tennessee Titans a year ago, was transported to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition. His body was found in his car in front of Middleton High School around 8:30 a.m. An updated release said he had died at 10:43 a.m.
It’s terribly sad to see someone so young and talented take their own life. It’s very reminiscent of two years ago when the Denver Broncos’ young receiver Kenny McKinley took his own life.
Both were young receivers who had a injury history that had limited their playing time.
I’m sure we’ll learn more about the why as time goes on. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones. I can’t imagine the pain they feel right now.
I’m sad we’ll never get to see you snag a ball out on the field Murdock. RIP.
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