By Steve Kish
O.J. Murdock, 25, was an undrafted free agent wide receiver signed by
the Tennessee Titans last year. He suffered an Achilles injury and
never played a down in the NFL.
Murdock took his own life, with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot in
front of Middleton High School in Tampa, Florida where he starred in
football and track. Murdock was ranked a top 10 wide receiver recruit
his senior year at Middleton in 2005.
Murdock was not present at the Titans’ training camp due to personal reasons.
“We are shocked and saddened to hear of O.J. Murdock’s death this
morning,” the Titans said in a statement. “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. He spent the last year battling
back from an Achilles injury as he prepared for this year’s training
camp. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they
try to cope with this tragedy.”
Murdock started his college career at South Carolina, then transferred to Pearl River Community College after being suspended for a shoplifting arrest. He finished his college career at Fort Hays State.