Maryland Players Announce Plans To Honor Jordan McNair

Maryland announced plans to honor Jordan McNair on Monday.Photo: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Teammate McKennie: "This season, Jordan's spirit will live within each and every one of us."

Maryland offensive linemen Johnny Jordan and Ellis McKennie announced the team's plan to "honor their fallen friend, brother and teammate" Jordan McNair.

Jordan and McKennie were flanked by the entire team on Monday as they spoke of McNair, who died June 13 from heatstroke he sustained at a May 29 workout. McNair was 19.

"The moment that we stop saying his name, the moment we begin to forget, his legacy will begin to fade," said McKennie, who went to McDonough High School with McNair.

"But we plan to have his legacy live on forever. We plan to never forget. This season, Jordan's spirit will live within each and every one of us. Every play we make, every snap we take, will be in Jordan's honor."

Maryland will hold a moment of silence before its Sept. 1 season-opening game against Texas at FedEx Field. The Terrapins will hold another moment of silence to honor McNair before the first home opener on Sept. 15 against Temple.

The players also announced that McNair's No. 79 jersey will not be worn until 2021, which would have been the season after McNair graduated. His locker also will be encased in glass in the Gossett football building.

Maryland players will also wear No. 79 decals on the backs of their helmets and the offensive line room in Cole Field House will be named after McNair upon completion.

A scholarship will be listed in McNair's name to a Maryland football player every year moving forward.

"Jordan was one of the best friends, teammates and roommates anyone can ask for," said Jordan, who was McNair's roommate. "He was a gentle giant, and we, as a team, will continue to carry on his legacy through this season and far beyond."

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound McNair played in one game as a true freshman in 2017 and was expected to be a key contributor in 2018.

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