In­jured Tenn. State player shows progress, mom says

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - METRO - By Steve Burns steve.burns@ajc.com

A col­lege foot­ball player from metro At­lanta who sus­tained a crit­i­cal head in­jury in a game is show­ing progress.

In a tweet, the mother of Ten­nessee State Uni­ver­sity line­backer Chris­tion Aber­crom­bie said her son “is mov­ing in a pos­i­tive di­rec­tion.”

“Chris­tion is so strong,” Staci Aber­crom­bie said this week in the post. “He squeezed my hand so hard, my knuck­les were pop­ping.”

Chris­tion Aber­crom­bie, who played high school foot­ball at West­lake in south Ful­ton County, was in­jured in a Sept. 29 game against Van­der­bilt.

The 20-year-old sopho­more line­backer was “tak­ing on a blocker” when he was in­jured in the sec­ond quar­ter, TSU coach Rod Reed said on his ra­dio show the day af­ter the game. Reed said there “wasn’t any­thing ma­li­cious” about the play on which he was in­jured.

The player has been at Van­der­bilt Med­i­cal Cen­ter in crit­i­cal con­di­tion since the in­jury. No specifics have been re­leased on his di­ag­no­sis.

“(Chris­tion) is show­ing im­prove­ment, do­ing some things that are re­ally pos­i­tive,” Reed told the Ten­nessean news­pa­per. “All those things that he is do­ing shows that his brain is func­tion­ing in some ca­pac­ity, and those were the things that we were con­cerned with. I’m re­ally happy for him and his fam­ily right now.”

In an­other tweet this week, Sta­cie Aber­crom­bie urged her fol­low­ers to “pray bold prayers.”

“Chris­tion,” she said, “will be re­stored.”

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