Monday, July 30, 2012
NFL Star O.J Murdock Comits Suicide
O.J. Murdock, a receiver for the Tennessee Titans, was found in his car on Monday morning with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken to a local hospital and died at 10:43 a.m. He was 25.
Murdock had signed with the Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2011, but didn’t see any game action due to injury. The Titans opened training camp on July 27 and had Murdock on the Did Not Report list. According to CBSSports.com. he’d been excused from the first two days of camp for “personal reasons.” They also noted that head coach Mike Munchak thought it was possible that Murdock would arrive at camp on Monday.
Murdock was found outside of Middleton High School in Tampa Bay, the high school he attended. As a high schooler, he was a highly-rated prospect and had scholarship offers from Florida, Florida State and Miami. He chose to play at South Carolina for Steve Spurrier.
After a redshirt year, and then seeing limited playing time, Murdock was arrested in Tampa for grand theft shoplifting and suspended from the team indefinitely. He left the program and took a year off from football before resurfacing at Fort Hays State, where he played receiver and ran track.
In 2010 as a Fort Hays State Tiger, Murdock racked up 1,290 receiving yards on 60 receptions, along with 12 touchdowns and a 21.5 yards per catch average.