Teammate remembers O.J. Murdock as “awesome dude”

O.J. Murdock, the Titans receiver who committed suicide on Monday, is being remembered as a great friend by those who knew him well.

Titans tight end Jared Cook had been Murdock’s college roommate at South Carolina before becoming his teammate again in Tennessee, and he told reporters on Monday that he was stunned to learn his friend and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

It is a horrible thing,” Cook said. “You just don’t see things like this coming. He was an awesome dude, he really was.”

Murdock signed with the Titans as an undrafted free agent a year ago and spent his rookie year on injured reserve. He worked with the team through the offseason, but last week he didn’t report to training camp, citing “personal reasons.” Titans receiver Damian Williams, who roomed with Murdock in Nashville, said he didn’t know what was going on in Murdock’s life.

“He told me Friday night he was doing all right and would be here,” Williams said.

Titans coach Mike Munchak, who learned of Murdock’s death through a call from the league office on Monday morning, said he never imagined he’d have to pass along that kind of news to his team.

“As a head coach, you never think you are going to have to stand in front of your team and give them that type of news,” Munchak said. “I think everyone was shocked by it.”

5 responses to “Teammate remembers O.J. Murdock as “awesome dude”

  1. It is a sad thing hearing about a tragedy like this. You never get used to hearing about suicide, but it has become a regular thing for the NFL lately. This kid had way too much life left to live, Its too bad there was no one there to help him.

  2. Such a sad story. In light of the Seau suicide you wonder if people couldn’t have been more aware of the signs.

  3. Sometimes there are no signs. He was well aware that his tenure as an NFL player was near and he couldn’t face that realization. Such a loser.

  4. I firmly believe there something else going on besides concussions. I’ve watched football for well over 20 years. Concussions were rampant before we learned of how they effected life well after the game. Hell, people jumped right back into games with full blown concussions only to get concussed again. This string of suicides was not prevalent in the past when concussions clearly happened with more regularity. There is something about this era that is causing these suicides. All this brain matter donation is joke time. Of course if you donate an NFL player’s brain matter you will find evidence of concussion, whether they are suicidal or not. Because A is A and B is B does not necessarily mean A+B = C. You can’t simply link things together because you want to. They need to find what other things that link these suicidal players together. Someone needs to research what is causing such things to happen now, when they weren’t happening as much before. Maybe it’s the meds, who knows? While I do believe concussions may have something (not everything) to do with it, I’m very skeptical about it.

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