A touching scene occurred on the field during the first seconds of the game between Maryland and Texas on Saturday. Honoring the late Jordan McNair, who died of a heatstroke following a practice a few months ago, Maryland lined up with the right guard spot missing; the position that McNair played for the Terrapins. Texas declined the intentional delay of game penalty that came for Maryland, completing the sweet little nod to their fallen peer.
Maryland took a delay of game to honor Jordan McNair on the first play of the game.— Sporting News (@sportingnews) September 1, 2018
Texas declined the penalty.pic.twitter.com/y7L5uDv4zt
This is a great show of respect and sportsmanship from both Maryland and Texas and truly a heartbreaking moment for those who knew and loved the 19-year-old who passed.
McNair's death in mid-June made headlines and brought attention to overworking young athletes. Obviously, schools are meant to be safe environments for the kids attending, but some coaches and sports programs have forgotten that.
Maryland decided to send 10 players onto the field for the first offensive play in honor of Jordan McNair. The Terps made Texas aware of the plan and the Longhorns respectfully agreed to decline the penalty.— Heather Dinich (@CFBHeather) September 1, 2018
Not even through two quarters yet, Maryland leads Texas by a whopping 24-7 score, surely an effort that would've made McNair proud.