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Titans’ O.J. Murdock dead at 25, police say he committed suicide

Tennessee Titans wide receiver O.J. Murdock committed suicide this morning in front of the Tampa high school he graduated from, according to the Tampa Police Department. He was 25 years old.

According to a news release distributed by the Tampa police, Orenthal James Murdock was found in his car at approximately 8:30 a.m. in front of Middleton High School. He had suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and was transported to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition.

Murdock was pronounced dead at 10:43 a.m.

After Murdock did not report to the Titans’ training camp last week, coach Mike Munchak said Murdock had been excused for “personal reasons.” No details have emerged of the issues that Murdock was dealing with.

An undrafted free agent who signed with the Titans out of Fort Hays State last year, Murdock missed the entire season with an Achilles injury. Murdock began his college career at South Carolina, where he played for two years and was a teammate of Kenny McKinley, a Denver Broncos wide receiver who committed suicide in 2010.

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  1. nflofficeadmin says: Jul 30, 2012 11:27 AM


  2. beassemodedoe says: Jul 30, 2012 11:28 AM

    Very sad. My prayers go out to his family. RIP OJ!

  3. nyjets1017 says: Jul 30, 2012 11:28 AM

    Very sad. These guys lives always look good from the outside

  4. buchopeful says: Jul 30, 2012 11:28 AM

    How tragic…God Bless and be with the family at such a dark time…

  5. Louisville Kentucky Mortgage says: Jul 30, 2012 11:29 AM

    Sad stuff. Wow, must have been really tormented with himself.

  6. mvp43 says: Jul 30, 2012 11:30 AM

    sad, sad, sad………

  7. deadeye says: Jul 30, 2012 11:30 AM

    Terrible tragedy. Prayers for the family and friends of OJ Murdock.

  8. thebarkexpress says: Jul 30, 2012 11:30 AM

    Really sad news.


  9. macbull says: Jul 30, 2012 11:30 AM

    My condolences to the Murdock family…you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    May you rest in peace, O.J. Murdock…

  10. im2fast4you123 says: Jul 30, 2012 11:30 AM

    Rest in peace. Prayers goin out to his family friends and teammates.

  11. marionbarber24isgod says: Jul 30, 2012 11:31 AM


  12. knucklebucket says: Jul 30, 2012 11:32 AM

    Such a tragedy when someone chooses that way out at such a young age.

  13. donterrelli says: Jul 30, 2012 11:32 AM

    Very sad to read about. He must have been in a dark place to have done this to himself. Hard to see how his life could have been that bad: college graduate working on an NFL team.


  14. hugejazz says: Jul 30, 2012 11:32 AM

    What a shame. So young. A permanent solution to a temporary problem.

  15. stateofprosports says: Jul 30, 2012 11:33 AM

    Never heard of him, but a tragic story. RIP sir.

  16. lenke08 says: Jul 30, 2012 11:34 AM

    no one knows what was going on his life. 3 years older then me and he lost his will to live. what a shame. prayers to his family and friends. god bless

  17. blackandbluedivision says: Jul 30, 2012 11:34 AM

    R.I.P. gone too soon.

  18. thejabronisayz says: Jul 30, 2012 11:35 AM

    “Murdock began his college career at South Carolina, where he played for two years and was a teammate of Kenny McKinley, a Denver Broncos wide receiver who committed suicide in 2010.”

    This story is horrible in and of itself, and that excerpt above makes me wonder even more what’s behind both of these events. Can’t just be coincidence.

  19. cwillz13 says: Jul 30, 2012 11:35 AM

    May God be with his family..

  20. armchairqb says: Jul 30, 2012 11:37 AM

    Awful. RIP.

  21. erod22 says: Jul 30, 2012 11:37 AM

    Hug your kids. RAISE your kids. Everybody needs someone to turn to, and apparently he didn’t.

  22. seanb20124 says: Jul 30, 2012 11:40 AM

    Sad story

  23. whatnojets says: Jul 30, 2012 11:44 AM

    What a shame! Too young, too soon to take your life!

    Thoughts and prayers

  24. ninefingers9 says: Jul 30, 2012 11:44 AM

    Time to put away team rivalries…and send our collective condolences to Titans Nation! This Vikes fan is so sorry for your loss!

  25. rc33 says: Jul 30, 2012 11:45 AM

    Just a horrible way to start a new season for the Titans. Simply tragic.
    Prayers for the Murdoch family and the Titans organization.

  26. clownsfan says: Jul 30, 2012 11:46 AM

    My deepest sympathy to his family & friends.

  27. jleimer says: Jul 30, 2012 11:49 AM

    This offseason for the NFL has been brutal. With the arrests, and concussion situation and now this. I think my excitement for football has lowered significantly. I just hope his family will donate the brain.

  28. chitownbullet says: Jul 30, 2012 11:55 AM

    Wow, ya know sometimes we as Fans (fanatics) get riled up and criticize players for loafing or other indiscretions that have been prevalent lately. But most of the time we don’t know the whole story or the underlying factors and or situations. Just like when we go through our own trials and tribulations, most of the time we don’t advertise our emotions to the world and we just want the pain to go away. Sometimes just a kind word from anyone can make the difference in a very desperate situation. Life or Death! Rest now young brother any and all sin is forgiven in death as Death is the ultimate payment. WE ALL pray for your family as this situation will play hard on their consciences as they try to make sense of it all.

  29. 49erstim says: Jul 30, 2012 12:02 PM

    Just a horrible thing to hear about.

  30. chrisjomiller1985 says: Jul 30, 2012 12:09 PM

    This is very sad and my prayers and well wishes go out to the Murdock family and to the Titan’s organization.

  31. dirtybird70 says: Jul 30, 2012 12:12 PM

    What a shame. Can’t imagine the demons this young man must have been facing that brought him to this point. RIP.

  32. frk49rs says: Jul 30, 2012 12:13 PM

    wow 25 years old what a shame. after reading the story and thinking how sad, my next thought was when will his family join the concession lawsuit. at 25 there’s no reason unless concussions played a part.

  33. cags777 says: Jul 30, 2012 12:14 PM

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Murdock and his family. Very sad news to hear.

  34. cali49er707 says: Jul 30, 2012 12:14 PM

    This is truly horribe & my condolences go out to his family & may he rest in peace.

    But as a person who has had a family member take their own life, I just don’t get it. Life always has ups & downs, & just when you think you got it bad their is hundreds of people who have it worse!! I just struggle with why people are so quick to give up. Tough times dont last but tough people do!!

  35. footballace says: Jul 30, 2012 12:23 PM

    My prayers go out to the family and friends of O.J. Murdock. Very sad news.

  36. banvard316 says: Jul 30, 2012 12:25 PM

    Suicide or not a young man is dead and for whatever reason found his life no longer livable. Just cause he was a professional athlete doesn’t mean his life was all roses. Show some damn respect to his family and just be supportive!

    R.I.P O.J Murdock.

  37. khuxford says: Jul 30, 2012 12:25 PM

    That’s just terrible. I’m not a Titans fan or even familiar with this kid’s work, but reading it was a gut punch.

    Thoughts and prayers to him and his family.

  38. briang123 says: Jul 30, 2012 12:30 PM

    The lawyers are trying to shoehorn him into the concussion lawsuits as we speak.

  39. torturedraiderfan says: Jul 30, 2012 12:30 PM

    No one knows the torment within a persons mind. Sometimes there’s no way to find peace. Sad for the family left nehind.

  40. cav2ya says: Jul 30, 2012 12:32 PM

    you all talk he he did something great and will be missed for it.
    He did what is probably the most selfish thing you can. Suicide doesn’t hurt the one who commits it (of course, after the actual event), it hurts everyone else.
    And yes, i have first hand knowledge of this.
    what an ass.

    i feel bad for his family though.. they have a very long road, and a thousand questions they’ll ask themselves.. none of which will ever be answered.

  41. j0esixpack says: Jul 30, 2012 1:19 PM

    Very sad – I hope posters will refrain from negative comments. People of all ages get depressed and suicidal and you cannot expect to find a rational explanation for such an irrational act.

    To them, it seemed like the only way to make the pain stop.

    I do wish the NFL would show the same leadership on this issue they do on issues like Breast Cancer.

    Nearly as many people die by suicide as from breast cancer each year. 3 times as many people die by suicide each year than drunk driving deaths.

    Suicide takes more soldier’s lives than combat.

    If big strong men in the NFL begin showing leadership urging their teammates and everyone to seek and accept help, it could help turn the tide of this epidemic which is getting worse in the bad economy.

  42. stairwayto7 says: Jul 30, 2012 1:22 PM

    Who? I guess South Carolina needs investigated on way they never helped his guy out! 2 year bowl ban and all wins during his time their are earsed!

  43. randyschwimmer7 says: Jul 30, 2012 1:44 PM

    I am a Broncos fan, and remember when Kenny McKinley took his own life. He was the same story, he got hurt the year before with a knee injury and thought his playing career was over. I know how hard it is a fan, I can’t start to imagine the pain and suffering he has put on his family. Terrible shame to take a life so young. I hope he finds peace now.

    Condolences to all of his family members, the Titans organization, and all of Titans fans.

  44. randyschwimmer7 says: Jul 30, 2012 1:46 PM

    Also, to all of the people using the thumbs down on rest in peace posts, you obviously think that this is a joke. Yes he took his own life, and YES it is selfish on his behalf, but you must realize that nobody knows what goes on in someone else’s head. We just don’t know. Be happy your mind is right. He might have some form of mental illness that no one knew about. Have some common courtesy here. We are talking about a human being’s life being lost here.

  45. jackblackshairyback says: Jul 30, 2012 2:00 PM

    My deepest sympathies to the family. I still remember the day I got the news my brother did the same thing. Just terrible.

  46. mungman69 says: Jul 30, 2012 2:06 PM

    25 years old and it’s over. It’s a shame that he didn’t get the help that he could.

  47. rmzthefirst says: Jul 30, 2012 2:16 PM

    I hate hearing about these stories, my nephew died of a SIGSW as well but it was ruled accidential, in any event it’s horrible news to see… Condolences to all his family and friends.

  48. rams1999 says: Jul 30, 2012 2:33 PM

    So sad. I only hope this time this guy did not leave his kids behind like the selfish Junior Seau did. If you have kids, your life not only belongs to you but to your kids.

  49. justafan2 says: Jul 30, 2012 3:01 PM

    How sad for his family, They have prayers.

  50. runteddyrun says: Jul 30, 2012 3:01 PM


  51. lakerluver says: Jul 30, 2012 3:20 PM

    Man, terrible news. Mental illness/depression is real. Pray for his family.

  52. dirtybird28 says: Jul 30, 2012 3:53 PM

    RIP to OJ Murdock

  53. SparkyGump says: Jul 30, 2012 4:11 PM

    I hope he found the peace he was looking for. It will be a good day for humanity when depression is not associated with weakness.

  54. sonopazzo6 says: Jul 30, 2012 4:27 PM

    RIP Buddy, hope you found the peace you were looking for.

  55. blackbug99 says: Jul 30, 2012 4:46 PM

    A permanent solution to a temporary problem.

  56. steelersfan88007 says: Jul 30, 2012 5:13 PM

    I can’t believe there are so many jerks out there that click on the “thumbs down” tab when a person expresses their condolences or offer up prayers for the family. Shame on you people!

  57. chitownbullet says: Jul 30, 2012 5:32 PM

    I’m just wondering why? Why in this deplorable situation are there any negative thumbs down unless the commentor is really out to lunch? All have an opportunity to show the best side of our Humanity. I know that the likes and dislikes are anonymous so no one can tell who the folks are that seem to be pathetically disengaged from reasonable empathy. That is unfortunate as usually the rule of Karma comes into play. Even if one is Agnostic or Atheist who we all should be concerned about is the family who probably read some or these pages. One would surmise there are some in his family that are on the edge also and in that vein please be nice and do what you can to be magnanimous in this terrible time.

  58. paychrisjohnson28 says: Jul 30, 2012 5:49 PM

    Rest in Peace – Tennessee Titans – Wide Receiver # 15 – O.J. Murdock – attended University of South Carolina and Fort Hays State – you were a speedy 5’11 195 lbs. receiver who should have been a star that burned brightly but injuries derailed your path to NFL stardom. I’m sure the Titans will do something to honor your memory, perhaps a #15 sticker on back of their helmets.

  59. orivar says: Aug 2, 2012 7:55 AM

    Really unfortunate. Another under the radar guy who will be ignored for the stupid stories that thrive on this site.

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