Earlier this summer, tragedy struck the Maryland football team when offensive lineman Jordan McNair suddenly passed away during an intense conditioning practice.
This week, Washington Redskins tight end and former Terrapin Vernon Davis took to the Players' Tribune to address the team directly about subjects that simply transcend the game itself.
“This goes so much deeper than football.”@UofMaryland alumnus @VernonDavis85 has a message for @TerpsFootball following the tragic death of their teammate Jordan McNair this summer.https://t.co/JGet4PnLni— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) September 20, 2018
Davis' message was both heartfelt and moving, addressing both the death of the player and Maryland's desire to succeed in his honor.
Davis spoke of being proud of the team, and of McNair being proud, too.
Jordan McNair's death was stunning and saddening for a team that entered the preseason full of hope. It is never easy to face a death of someone so young and talented, especially under such harsh conditions. Everyone becomes emotionally distressed, but as Davis said, it pulls teams together to make both themselves and their lost one proud.
Maryland is 2-1 at this point and has all the motivation in the world to play with heart.
Keep making him proud, Terps.