Mother of injured football player says her faith keeps her hopeful

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – The mother of injured TSU football player Christion Abercrombie says she’s optimistic about his recovery because of her faith.

Christion Abercrombie

Staci Abercrombie spoke at a press conference on Oct. 3 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where her son, Christion Abercrombie, is being treated. The linebacker suffered a head injury in the Tennessee State-Vanderbilt game on Sept. 29 and remains in critical condition.

“We’re expecting a miracle,” said Staci Abercrombie, who appeared on ‘The Today Show’ the next morning.  “Each day is a battle. But he’s a strong young man. He’s fighting. We just have to continue to pray.”

Also at the press conference was Christion’s father, Derrick Abercrombie, several family members, and TSU officials: President Glenda Glover, Athletics Director Teresa Phillips, and head football Coach Rod Reed.

One of Christion’s doctors, Reid Thompson, professor and chair of neurological surgery at VUMC, also attended the press conference and told Staci Abercrombie and her family that “you inspire us,” referring to their strong faith.

The night before, the TSU Family held a prayer vigil for Christion. Those gathered in the Courtyard outside the university’s student center held hands as Dr. Joseph W. Walker, III, a pastor and chairman of TSU’s Board of Trustees, led them in prayer.

President Glover asked for continued prayer for the student-athlete and his family.

Students gather for prayer vigil. (Photo by Lucas Johnson, TSU Media Relations)

“We want the entire family to know that we’re standing with them,” she said. “Christion is a fighter. We will continue to support him and his family.”

Several of Christion’s family members attended the event.

“We are very grateful for everyone being here tonight,” said his uncle, Kevin Richardson. “We appreciate all the love we’ve received from everyone.”

TSU student Braxton Simpson said students are hopeful about Christion’s recovery.

“We’re trying to keep our hopes high,” said Simpson, who is the student trustee on TSU’s Board. “In times like this, the best thing we can do is just rally around each other, and pray.”

TSU’s National Alumni Association called for a special day of prayer for Christion on Friday, Oct. 5.

A GoFundMe has also been set up to help Christion and his family. To donate, visit


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