TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Hours after mailing a nice still uncertain middle-of-the-night text meaning to some original higher education coach, court arrest state Tennessee Titans receiver O.J. Murdock perished around an apparent suicide.
Tampa police spokeswoman Andrea Davis mentioned officers determined Murdock with regards to 8:30 a.m. interior his car with just what seemed to be self-inflicted gunshot wounds. The car or truck was left in front of Middleton High School, when Murdock manufactured some sort of label for themself for a dynamic recipient plus point out champion sprinter with path and also field.
Al McCray, helper head coach/receivers at Fort Hays State, said when he woke in place at his Kansas dwelling with Monday he observed a concept on his cellular phone in the player, thanking him with regard to everything they had done pertaining to Murdock as well as his or her family. The patient deducted the actual text having a good apology in which bewildered McCray, exactly who said he or she possessed known the actual 25-year-old considering that Murdock is at midst school.
"I chatted for you to your ex per week ago, plus he or she seemed to be therefore psyched in relation to obtaining wanting to visit (to coaching camp). He seemed to be real content regarding staying able to support their mother out," McCray recalled. "You continually choose to hear young people that speak about that. It provides a look to the experience to be able to take note of a new young male mention 'Hey, I'm lucky I'm capable of assistance my mother out.'"
McCray ended up being an assistant discipline from Middleton when Murdock was there as well as after helped the actual person continue his university occupation following they was kicked over group at South Carolina, exactly where he was a part of Steve Spurrier's very first recruiting class.
"The trickiest section using this will be I received a text message at 3:30 inside morning, when he said: 'Coach, I prefer to thanks a ton to get everything you've carried out with luck and my family. It's greatly appreciated,'" McCray said. "At your end, he / she goes: 'I apologize.' And I don't know exactly what they've talking about. I woke up, and I'm imagining they've apologizing because this individual texted me so early. . I wish he or she have referred to as instead."
Murdock, that signed when using the Titans since a good undrafted free of charge realtor throughout 2011 and used most of last months on damaged reserve, had been consumed to be able to Tampa General, when he died.
The quick recipient did not article that will instruction stay with the weekend on account of what the actual Titans said at the time was the right issue. He last has been while using company within June pertaining to mini-camp.