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.

59 responses to “Titans’ O.J. Murdock dead at 25, police say he committed suicide

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

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

  2. 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.


  3. 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

  4. “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.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

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

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