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July 30, 2012

O.J. Murdock suicide hits home for Panthers DE ... again


For the second time in two years, Panthers defensive end Eric Norwood is struggling to understand the suicide of a former college teammate after Titans receiver O.J. Murdock died of a self-inflicted gunshot Monday morning in his Tampa hometown.

Norwood played at South Carolina with Murdock and Broncos receiver Kenny McKinley, who shot himself in 2010.

“It's crazy when you look at. It may have been different circumstances for the both of them and what they were going through,” Norwood said. “But it's just crazy that two guys from the same era, two wide receivers who were pretty good friends. I still haven't really processed it all.”

Norwood said he had kept in touch with Murdock, who was 25, via Twitter. Murdock, an undrafted free agent in 2011 who missed last season with an Achilles injury, did not report to the Titans' training camp last week due to what the team called personal reasons.

“I send my condolences out to his family, friends, the whole Murdock family,” Norwood said. “He was a real good guy. He was always smiling, just like Kenny. As far as I know, the time he was there at South Carolina, he encouraged people. Even when he wasn't playing, he was just upbeat.”

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on July 30, 2012 at 03:55 PM | Permalink


Go Panthers!!! As fans, we need to show more support and faith at games. That means buy tickets, and don't allow opposing fans to dominate our stadium. When our defense is on the field be LOUD, not just on third downs (be loud every damn down), and for the love of god shut up when our offense is on the field. Don't leave the game early if our team is down, because they might make a comeback and could use our help by making noise. You paid for the ticket, might as well enjoy the entire game. As fans, lets do our part to support the team 100%. GO PANTHERS!!!!!!!

Posted by: PanthersFan | Jul 30, 2012 10:07:44 PM

Boy, talk about a misplaced comment for an article.

Posted by: Mexoplex | Jul 31, 2012 9:07:26 AM

Pantherfan. Come on man. It aint time for that. Show some respect. Panther fans have class.RIP young man.

Posted by: Tarheelkenneth | Jul 31, 2012 9:33:37 PM

I really dont feel sorry for multi millionares who commit suicide... Oh know, its the life, the life is coming to get me! ...gimme a break.

Posted by: JC | Aug 1, 2012 4:21:29 PM

JC, OJ Murdock wasnt a multi millionaire. He was an undrafted free agent making a lot of money, but not millions. you dont know a damn thing about him, dont judge.

Posted by: dude | Aug 2, 2012 12:33:04 AM

personally i feel bad when good people commit suicide regardless of how much money they had.

Posted by: Jason Alston | Aug 2, 2012 6:52:55 AM

my heart goes out to the family of murdock oj we dont know what a person is going threw we can have all the money and laughter and it all can be a cover over the emptness inside for god said know no man by their flesh but by their spirit may god bless

Posted by: keith | Aug 2, 2012 6:07:49 PM

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