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Severe head injury hospitalizes Tennessee State football player

Linebacker Christion Abercrombie remains in critical condition after suffering injury Sept. 29

3:31 PMIt was a routine play.

Even hours after the game, upon further review of the play that sent Tennessee State middle linebacker Christion Abercrombie out of the matchup against Vanderbilt University on Sept. 29, coaches determined there was nothing foul about the hit that took place shortly before halftime.

“It was just a football play,” TSU coach Rod Reed said Sunday morning on a radio show, according to The Tennessean. “He was taking on a block and it wasn’t anything malicious or dirty or anything like that. Just an unfortunate situation.”

Yet, after the play, Abercrombie made his way to the sidelines and complained to trainers about a headache. While being assisted to the locker room, Abercrombie collapsed. Medics took over to help him, and Abercrombie was soon rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery for the head injury suffered during the play.

Christion Abercrombie played linebacker for the University of Illinois walks before transferring to Tennessee State.

Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire

Abercrombie remained in critical condition Wednesday but is said to be showing signs of improvement daily, according to his uncle, Kevin Richardson.

“It’s been a hard time, but we’re going to get through it,” Richardson told The Tennessean. “God is here with us and Christion. He knows it, and he’s going to be just fine. He is improving daily, and we’re looking forward to seeing more from him.”

Since Sept. 29, the Tennessee State community has rallied around Abercrombie. On Tuesday, hundreds of supporters gathered at a vigil organized by student leaders to pray for him. There, TSU president Glenda Glover also added information about Abercrombie’s improving condition.

“First [Abercrombie] made it through the surgery,” Glover said, according to The Tennessean. “And then he made it through Saturday night. Then he made it through the 24 hours. And then through 48 hours. So as each day [goes by] he continues to show just small signs of improvement. He’s fighting. Christion is a fighter and each day when we see him raise his hand or do any little thing that shows a sign of improvement, we’re grateful.”

A second prayer vigil has already been scheduled for Monday at Abercrombie’s alma mater, Westlake High School, in his native Atlanta. A GoFundMe page has also been set up for the injured player with a goal of $250,000. As of Wednesday afternoon, the account had raised $34,212.

Before transferring to Tennessee State his sophomore year, Abercrombie played in 11 games and made 11 tackles as a redshirt freshman at the University of Illinois in 2017. This season, Abercrombie had established himself as the second-leading tackler on the Tigers’ roster.

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3:31 PMIt was a routine play.

Even hours after the game, upon further review of the play that sent Tennessee State middle linebacker Christion Abercrombie out of the matchup against Vanderbilt University on Sept. 29, coaches determined there was nothing foul about the hit that took place shortly before halftime.

“It was just a football play,” TSU coach Rod Reed said Sunday morning on a radio show, according to The Tennessean. “He was taking on a block and it wasn’t anything malicious or dirty or anything like that. Just an unfortunate situation.”

Yet, after the play, Abercrombie made his way to the sidelines and complained to trainers about a headache. While being assisted to the locker room, Abercrombie collapsed. Medics took over to help him, and Abercrombie was soon rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery for the head injury suffered during the play.

Christion Abercrombie played linebacker for the University of Illinois walks before transferring to Tennessee State.

Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire

Abercrombie remained in critical condition Wednesday but is said to be showing signs of improvement daily, according to his uncle, Kevin Richardson.

“It’s been a hard time, but we’re going to get through it,” Richardson told The Tennessean. “God is here with us and Christion. He knows it, and he’s going to be just fine. He is improving daily, and we’re looking forward to seeing more from him.”

Since Sept. 29, the Tennessee State community has rallied around Abercrombie. On Tuesday, hundreds of supporters gathered at a vigil organized by student leaders to pray for him. There, TSU president Glenda Glover also added information about Abercrombie’s improving condition.

“First [Abercrombie] made it through the surgery,” Glover said, according to The Tennessean. “And then he made it through Saturday night. Then he made it through the 24 hours. And then through 48 hours. So as each day [goes by] he continues to show just small signs of improvement. He’s fighting. Christion is a fighter and each day when we see him raise his hand or do any little thing that shows a sign of improvement, we’re grateful.”

A second prayer vigil has already been scheduled for Monday at Abercrombie’s alma mater, Westlake High School, in his native Atlanta. A GoFundMe page has also been set up for the injured player with a goal of $250,000. As of Wednesday afternoon, the account had raised $34,212.

Before transferring to Tennessee State his sophomore year, Abercrombie played in 11 games and made 11 tackles as a redshirt freshman at the University of Illinois in 2017. This season, Abercrombie had established himself as the second-leading tackler on the Tigers’ roster.

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3:31 PMIt was a routine play.

Even hours after the game, upon further review of the play that sent Tennessee State middle linebacker Christion Abercrombie out of the matchup against Vanderbilt University on Sept. 29, coaches determined there was nothing foul about the hit that took place shortly before halftime.

“It was just a football play,” TSU coach Rod Reed said Sunday morning on a radio show, according to The Tennessean. “He was taking on a block and it wasn’t anything malicious or dirty or anything like that. Just an unfortunate situation.”

Yet, after the play, Abercrombie made his way to the sidelines and complained to trainers about a headache. While being assisted to the locker room, Abercrombie collapsed. Medics took over to help him, and Abercrombie was soon rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery for the head injury suffered during the play.

Christion Abercrombie played linebacker for the University of Illinois walks before transferring to Tennessee State.

Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire

Abercrombie remained in critical condition Wednesday but is said to be showing signs of improvement daily, according to his uncle, Kevin Richardson.

“It’s been a hard time, but we’re going to get through it,” Richardson told The Tennessean. “God is here with us and Christion. He knows it, and he’s going to be just fine. He is improving daily, and we’re looking forward to seeing more from him.”

Since Sept. 29, the Tennessee State community has rallied around Abercrombie. On Tuesday, hundreds of supporters gathered at a vigil organized by student leaders to pray for him. There, TSU president Glenda Glover also added information about Abercrombie’s improving condition.

“First [Abercrombie] made it through the surgery,” Glover said, according to The Tennessean. “And then he made it through Saturday night. Then he made it through the 24 hours. And then through 48 hours. So as each day [goes by] he continues to show just small signs of improvement. He’s fighting. Christion is a fighter and each day when we see him raise his hand or do any little thing that shows a sign of improvement, we’re grateful.”

A second prayer vigil has already been scheduled for Monday at Abercrombie’s alma mater, Westlake High School, in his native Atlanta. A GoFundMe page has also been set up for the injured player with a goal of $250,000. As of Wednesday afternoon, the account had raised $34,212.

Before transferring to Tennessee State his sophomore year, Abercrombie played in 11 games and made 11 tackles as a redshirt freshman at the University of Illinois in 2017. This season, Abercrombie had established himself as the second-leading tackler on the Tigers’ roster.