By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Tennessee State University Athletic Department released an update on Sunday night about its student-athlete Christion Abercrombie. He was injured on Saturday against the Vanderbilt Commodores.
After being injured, Abercrombie was rushed to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Once he arrived, he had emergency surgery after suffering a “serious head injury” in the game.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Christion and his family,” Tennessee State Head Football Coach Rod Reed said. “He’s fighting, and we just need to keep him uplifted with prayers.”
The school said that Abercrombie is in critical condition. In addition, they said that he was surrounded by his family, teammates, and the TSU community.
Tennessee State also said that members of the Vanderbilt community have come to visit him at the hospital.
“Christion is resting,” his mother Staci Abercrombie said. “He’s fighting. We’re trusting God and please continue to pray.”
The Tigers were defeated by the Commodores 31-27. Tennessee State suffered their first loss of the season in the game.
The Tennessean reporter on Saturday that Abercrombie was administered oxygen on the sideline before leaving on a stretcher. TSU head coach Rod Reed also told the paper that he collapsed right by the sideline.
He is in his first season at the FCS school after spending the 2016 and 2017 at the University of Illinois. He redshirted 2016 before appearing in 11 games last season and made 11 tackles.
Abercrombie is from Atlanta, Georgia.
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