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Injured TSU Football Player Remains In Critical Condition

Posted: 8:08 PM, Oct 01, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-03 02:03:08Z

A GoFundMe page has been created to help the family of Christion Abercrombie, the sophomore Tennessee State University linebacker injured during a game over the weekend.

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The Tigers player was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center after he collapsed on the sideline before the end of the second quarter for a head injury.

Two days later, he remained in critical condition with his family including his mother Staci by his side.

In a statement released through the sister of the head football coach, Staci described her son as a fighter and thanks people for their prayers and support. 

The GoFundMe  was set up Monday afternoon with a goal of $250,000. 

A prayer vigil for students and faculty was scheduled at the student center at 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Jacob Waddell, otherwise known as "Catfish Jake", also set up an account to help the family. He said he briefly attended TSU and grew up near the area.

"It hit home with me he's a young kid. I can't imagine the stress that it puts his family through especially being from Atlanta so people have to travel back and forth, so I figure we can help him out anyway we can," said Waddell. 

The football team sent out this tweet about its GoFundMe:

"Here is the only NCAA approved GoFundMe set up to assist with the support of Christion Abercrombie & his family. Per @NCAA legislation, Tennessee St is the only entity permitted to solicit funds for the student-athlete & his family."