On Monday, July 30th, Tennessee Titans wide receiver O.J. Murdock succumbed to injuries sustained from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The details on his actions in the lead up to his death are almost too hard to read.
He called one of his former middle school coaches Aesha Bailey on Morning morning.
“He just kept saying ‘I’m sorry, coach. I’m sorry,’ ” said Bailey. “That’s all he said.”
Bailey found Murdock in his car in the parking lot of Middleton High, where Murdock attended high school. Murdock also texted Tampa Tribune prep school reporter Bill Ward on Sunday, a day before Murdock’s death.
“Hey Mr Ward, it’s OJ Murdock…. I just want to thank u for everything you’ve done for me and my family. Can’t thank you enough,” the message said.
Ward responded: “Hi O.J. Thanks for those kind words. Are you recovered from the Achilles and back in camp with the (Titans)?”
Murdock never responded.
Murdock was found in his car by his high school coach Aesha Bailey. He was transported to a nearby hospital, where he passed away soon after. He was 25 years old.
Just last week, the NFL announced a newly created “Total Wellness” program available to both current and former players. Let’s hope that both players and the league work closer together to prevent more tragic stories like this from occurring.