Report: NFL Player Texted Sports Writer Before Suicide

Source: Alan Duke / CNN

NFL player O.J. Murdock apparently focused during his last hours on his glory days as a track and football star at the Tampa, Florida, high school where police say he killed himself.

Murdock, 25, sent a text message to sports writer Bill Ward — who covered his career at Tampa’s Middleton High School — just hours before he shot himself Monday, according to the Tampa Tribune.

“Hey Mr Ward, it’s OJ Murdock…. I just want to thank u for everything you’ve done for me and my family. Can’t thank you enough,” the text read.

Murdock, who signed with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans last year, never responded to Ward’s reply sent four hours later: “Hi O.J. Thanks for those kind words. Are you recovered from the Achilles and back in camp with the (Titans)?”

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