By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
Death is tough to deal with on any level, whether due to an accident or old age or some other tragic event.
That sentiment emerged Monday, after news broke about the death of Tennessee Titans wide receiver O.J. Murdock. He was 25.
According to published reports, he took his own life. Murdock never played in an NFL game, missing the 2011 season because of an injury. He hadn’t reported to camp this year.
He did appear on one Rookie Card – 2011 Panini Gridiron Gear, including some parallels.
Murdock’s athletic talents became apparent during his childhood in Florida. According to an article in The Tennessean, Murdock was a national champion sprinter at 14 years old.
He was Male Athlete of the Year in 2005 after winning two state track championships and catching 57 passes for 927 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior at Middleton. He was rated the 10th best receiver in the country.
Things didn’t go as well for Murdock after his high school days. He started at the University of South Carolina, but only played in four games before he was arrested for shoplifting. He served a year of probation and eventually transferred to Pearl River Community College, where he suffered a broken collarbone.
Murdock eventually got back on his feet and at Division II Fort Hays State College in Kansas.
He was eventually signed as an undrafted free agent by the Titans, but was sidelined due to an Achilles injury.
The Titans expressed shock and sadness over Murdock’s death 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,” the statement reads. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they try to cope with this tragedy.”