Mr. O.J. Murdock (1987 - 2012)

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Tennessee Titans player O.J. Murdock, a former standout at Middleton High School, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in front of the school, Tampa police say.

Deputies say they discovered Murdock in his car around 8:30 a.m. in front of the school.

He was transported to Tampa General Hospital and died at 10:43 a.m.

Murdock, a former wide receiver and double state sprint champion who graduated from Middleton in 2006, signed with South Carolina and played in four games for the Gamecocks.

As a high school senior, Murdoch caught 57 passes for 927 yards and 11 touchdowns. As a junior, he caught 33 passes for 835 yards and seven scores.

He was suspended indefinitely from the team in October 2006 after he was charged with shoplifting $424.50 worth of clothing from Macy's at University Square Mall.

Murdock signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and spent last season on injured reserve after suffering a right Achilles injury early in his rookie training camp, according to the team's website. He was listed on the Titans' Reserve/Did Not Report list.
Published in TBO.com on July 31, 2012
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