O.J. Murdock, a former high school track and football star and team member to the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, killed himself on Monday morning in front of his high school in Tampa, Florida, according to police. Murdock, 25, did not get the opportunity to play in a game in the NFL because he had been sidelined with an injury since signing as an undrafted player a year ago.
A Tampa police officer found Murdock “in his car in front of Middleton High School with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound” at 8:30 a.m. on Monday. He died two hours later at Tampa General Hospital, police said. “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 Titans said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they try to cope with this tragedy.”