O.J. Murdock dead: NFL's Tennessee Titans player died of self-inflicting gunshot in Tampa, Florida
O.J. Murdock, who joined the NFL’s Tennessee Titans in 2011, took his own life on Monday at the Middleton High School in Tampa, Florida, where he was a track and footballer.
However 25-year-old Murdock has never participated in NFL game as was under medical attention due to an Achilles injury after he had started his contract last year.
“In his brief time here, a number of our players, coaches and staff had grown close to O.J., and this is a difficult time for them,” the Titans announced in a statement. “He spent the last year battling back from an Achilles injury as he prepared for this year’s training camp.”
When Titans main trainer Mike Munchak was asked why wide receiver O.J. Murdock had not reported to training camp, he answered:
“O.J. was confronted with some personal issues.” “He phoned us, and we expected to see him tonight.”
Murdock was put on the “did not report” list last weekend, but he was still on the roster.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they mourn their tragic loss,” the team statement read.
Tampa police officer discovered Murdock on Monday at 8:30. The Titans player was lying “in his vehicle in front of Tampa’s Middleton High School with an self-inflicted gunshot injury”.
He was taken to Tampa General Hospital where he passed away 2 hours later.
According to a biographical report, Murdock was one of the best football players in Florida and the U.S in 2005 when he was a senior at Middleton High School. He was also a star sprinter on his school’s track team.
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