RIP Maryland OT Jordan McNair

Submitted by MGoCali on June 13th, 2018 at 7:38 PM


These types of deaths are hard to swallow. Athletes are in tremendous shape, and then they just collapse and die. At the risk of over-speculating, this is another reminder to have your kids checked for enlarged hearts and also to support these types of checks being mainstream. I understand from this article that the cause of death is not disclosed at this time, but it appears to be a similar case to other athletes who have died with heart defects. 



June 13th, 2018 at 7:45 PM ^

We cannot fairly speculate about facts not in evidence, obviously, but the article says he was hospitalized right after a team workout. It seems impossible, therefore, that the workout was not involved in his hospitalization, and then death, given this. The workout could have irritated a pre-existing condition, of course, but it could also have been the sole cause, too... Very, very sad, regardless... 


June 13th, 2018 at 7:52 PM ^

The article speculates that the young man may have suffered a heat stroke based on another athlete's tweet saying he had a liver transplant after heat stroke (which McNair was reported to have had). So, perhaps that's it, perhaps not. I guess I was drawing a connection to the heart defect issue because I am passionate about fixing that since it could save so many lives. Many low income student athletes rely on athletics as a way out of their poverty, yet so many of them could be alerted of their potentially deadly health condition with a simple heart screening. While it would be devastating to learn that you have such a condition, it's better to know than to learn ex-post-facto after collapsing. I know metro-detroit has made moves in getting kids checked. 

I'm not so sure that it being "right after practice" means it wasn't related to practice. The heart-related collapsing event typically happen during the activity, and are directly related to the said activity, but I don't know enough about it to say it couldn't happen immediately after. 

If this is a heat stroke related death, then I hope it is looked into and errors that occurred here can be addressed for future health and safety. No one should die in practice. 

Inflammable Flame

June 13th, 2018 at 7:54 PM ^

There was a high school football player who just died as well, I believe from a dirt bike accident? I feel so bad for these families, I wouldn't know to do if I ever lost one of my kids


June 13th, 2018 at 7:55 PM ^

I believe the defect is likely hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which runs in my wife's family. Horrible disease that can be prevented with a simply screening but usually is not covered by insurance because it's so rare.


June 13th, 2018 at 8:52 PM ^

A few years ago, we had a Senior in HS die due to an undiagnosed heart defect.  This kid was an athlete, weight lifter, and collapsed in the shower.  His parents created a foundation in his name, and one of their major events every year is to offer free heart screenings to all high school students.  I feel for their loss, but I really appreciate how they turned their grief and loss into something that could be really positive.  I love that whole family.


June 13th, 2018 at 11:11 PM ^

Incredibly sad.  Just wondering... given the physical rigors of being a D-I athlete, one would think they would should get some pretty in depth medical screening.   Is this the case?  If so, nothing is foolproof but there would be a better chance of detecting underlying conditions.   If not, why not?  Given the level of medical that must be provided anyway, it seems reasonable to have this requirement.

Craptain Crunch

June 14th, 2018 at 7:58 AM ^

Just goes to show you that being "in shape" doesn't necessarily mean you are healthy. 

There are some who are considered obese due to body type/genetic but are healthy.

Internal organs, especially the heart, can be put through excessive stress due to exercise.

Even riskier if there is an underlying heart issue. 




June 14th, 2018 at 7:11 PM ^

and in the same breath...Red Simmons, Michigan legend lived to 102. He walked 10 miles per day. lifted to his ability every other day. He could tell you stories about racing Jesse Owens like it happened yesterday. My dad is 76, still lifts heavy for a guy his age (225#+ on most exercises and runs on treadmill/eliptical an hour and a half...) I'd take him in an alley any day...exercise has it's benefits. The problem is, there are far to many pre-existing problems which can override the effects on longevity. To say a lack of exercise is the key to 100 is moronic.

Craptain Crunch

June 14th, 2018 at 7:18 PM ^

My point is science hasn't yet been able to determine what specifically allows someone to live to an old age or what one should do to do so.

Obviously, genetics plays a part.

The so called experts, based on junk science, told us that eating less fat was healthy. They were absolutely and horribly wrong. That decision cost many their lives and most likely gave many diabetes as more sugars and carbs were introduced into our diets to make up or the lack of fat.



June 14th, 2018 at 9:15 AM ^

horrible story. Every time my kids go through a workout or hit by a pitch...I cringe. Thankful my son has decided to quit high school football. HE said he wants to have a functional brain the rest of his life. I will miss seeing him play, but I respect a 17 year old who can cut that line and decide for his own wellbeing. I also realize football has no guarantee of injury nor health. Kids are so special.