Maryland football player passes from what is believed to be complications from heatstroke


Jordan McNair

VSN joins the local high school sports community and McDonogh School in mourning the passing of former Eagle football player Jordan McNair, who passed away Wednesday morning.

McNair, a former Big 33 performer, reportedly was hospitalized with symptoms of heatstroke after an off-season workout on May 29th at the University of Maryland where he would have been a red-shirt freshman offensive lineman for the Terps this fall.

McNair was an All-State, All-Metro and All-MIAA performer as a senior at McDonogh in 2016 and was considered a 4-star recruit by 247Sports, ESPN and Scout. At 6-feet-4 and 325-pounds, he was ranked in the top 25 nationally at his position. Last fall he appeared in one game at Maryland (Sept. 9th vs. Towson) before being red-shirted.

Shortly after his hospitalization, VSN has been told that McNair underwent an emergency liver transplant and suffered cardiac arrest during that procedure. He has been in critical condition ever since.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our student-athletes, sophomore football player Jordan McNair,” wrote University of Maryland Executive Athletic Director Damon Evans, in a release on the school’s web site Wednesday afternoon. “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.”

In the same release, Maryland head coach DJ Durkin said, “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.”

Pictured above: Jordan McNair during preseason training camp during his senior year at McDonogh School.