COLLEGE PARK, Md. – University of Maryland football student-athletes announced their plans to honor the life of Jordan McNair during the 2018 football season and beyond on Monday morning.
Junior offensive lineman Ellis McKennie and sophomore offensive lineman Johnny Jordan spoke on how the team will memorialize their teammate while the entire football team stood by their side in the endzone of Cole Field House. They also thanked the Terrapin community for their support of the team.
“The moment that we stop saying his name, the moment we begin to forget, his legacy will begin to fade,” McKennie said. “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.”
To honor Jordan McNair’s life, the student-athletes chose the following initiatives:
A scholarship for a Maryland football student-athlete will be named after his memory.
The offensive line room in the newly renovated Cole Field House will be named after him.
His locker in the Gossett Football Team House will be encased in glass with a gameday set-up displaying his jersey inside.
A moment of silence in his honor will be observed prior to both the season opener against Texas on September 1 at FedExField and the home opener against Temple on September 15.
No member of the Maryland football team will wear Jordan’s #79 through his graduation year and he will be honored on senior day with his class.
Members of the team will wear a helmet sticker to recognize Jordan throughout the season.
“Jordan was one of the best friends, teammates and roommates anyone can ask for,” Johnny Jordan said. “He was a gentle giant, and we, as a team, will continue to carry on his legacy through this season and far beyond.”