Maryland governor signs Jordan McNair Safe and Fair Play Act

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has signed the Jordan McNair Safe and Fair Play Act into law. The new legislation, which was signed on Tuesday, will allow student-athletes to benefit from their names, images and likeness and will also greater safety measures for collegiate athletes.

The legislation was signed into law to prevent the failures that resulted in the death of 19-year-old Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair in 2018. He passed away during a summer workout after suffering from exertional heat stroke.

Jordan McNair’s father, Marty McNair, spoke on the new legislation.

“This is a victorious day for Tonya and I, as Jordan’s legacy continues to save lives as well as empower student-athletes’ health and well-being at the higher-level educational institutions in the state of Maryland,” Marty McNair said, according to ESPN. “I sincerely hope other states will follow suit to protect all of their student-athletes at the collegiate level of competition.”

In January, state officials approved a $3.5 million settlement between the University of Maryland and McNair’s parents, Marty McNair and Tonya Wilson.

Dustin Schutte
Dustin grew up in the heart of Big Ten country and has been in sports media since 2010. He has been covering Big Ten football since 2014. You can follow him on Twitter: @SchutteCFB


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