Family of TSU football player in critical condition holds news conference

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Vanderbilt's game against Tennessee State took a frightening turn on Saturday when Tennessee State linebacker Christion Abercrombie collapsed on the sideline and needed to be rushed to a local hospital.

According to the University, Abercrombie sustained a head injury during the first half of the game and was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery.

Abercrombie's mother, Staci, said her son is "fighting" and that she is "trusting God."

As of Tuesday, Tennessee State said Abercrombie is still listed in critical condition, but specifics of what caused the collapse or the exact nature of the surgery have not yet been released.

On Wednesday, the family held a press conference.

"Everyone has surrounded our family with love, support and prayers," his mother said. Abercrombie is still in the hospital.

Both teams met at midfield after the 31-27 Vanderbilt win to pray.

"At the end of the day, I'm a football coach coaching a team and coaching a game, but football's what we do, not who we are," Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said. "I know what it is to be a coach. I know what it is to have a player who's injured. At the end of the day, when serious injuries happen, football becomes secondary."