NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Tennessee State University football was seriously hurt during the first half of the game versus Vanderbilt Saturday after suffering a head injury, according to ESPN.
TSU linebacker Christion Abercrombie was taken off the field by stretcher late in the first half after he collapsed with a head injury.
He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s emergency room and TSU head coach Rod Reed confirmed with ESPN that surgery was required.
TSU officials confirmed that Abercrombie is out of surgery and in the ICU. He is under constant observation.
After the game, both teams met at midfield and united in prayer. Reed and Vanderbilt coach Derrick Mason, who are close friends, embraced.
“Football is what we do, not who we are,” Mason told ESPN after the game. “At the end of the day when serious injuries happen, football becomes secondary.”
Officials also confirmed that a prayer vigil was held on campus for Abercrombie Saturday night.