COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP/WMAR) - Members of the Maryland football team will wear a helmet sticker with No. 79 to honor former teammate Jordan McNair, who collapsed during a practice session in May and subsequently died.
In an announcement Monday morning, the school said no player will wear his number through the 2020 season, which would have been the final year of McNair's college eligibility.
"This season Jordan’s spirit will be living within each and every one of us," said Terps offensive lineman Ellis McKennie. "Every play we make, every snap we take will be in Jordan’s honor."
In addition, a moment of silence will be held during Texas and Temple games and his locker will be encased in glass with a game day setup. His locker will remain that way through the 2020 season.
Also the offensive line meeting room at Cole Field House will be named after McNair and a scholarship will be given to one football player each year in his memory.
McNair was running laps on the practice field on May 29 when he was overcome by heat and exhaustion. After being treated at the team facility, he was taken to a hospital and died of heatstroke on June 13.