Senior associate athletic director Damon Evans said Thursday during a press conference that all eligible players participated in a baseline conditioning test that day with strength and conditioning staff on site. The staff noticed McNair struggling to recover from a workout that included 10, 110-yard sprints, and started at approximately 4:15 p.m. ET. When the staff noticed that McNair was struggling to recover, they immediately moved him to the training room and began supporting active recovery. The staff then dialed 911, and EMS arrived at the site to provide further assistance to the Maryland training staff. McNair was transported to the hospital at approximately 6 p.m.
Evans, citing privacy concerns, did not elaborate on the specific medical condition.
"Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair," said Maryland coach DJ Durkin in a release from the school. "Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team. Jordan was a hard worker and he always had a smile on his face. He was an extremely talented football player and a humble and genuine human being. He embodied the essence of what it means to be a teammate. Jordan was a fighter. Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter. Please continue to pray for Jordan's family during this difficult time."
A GoFundMe page that was created to help the McNair family pay for Jordan's medical expenses shed some light on his condition earlier this week. According to the page, McNair was airlifted to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland, where he had received a liver transplant.