College Football Assistance Fund Awards Grant to Injured Tennessee State Football Player

October 3, 2018 (Nashville, TN) – The College Football Assistance Fund (CFAF) announced that a grant of $7,500 has been awarded to Tennessee State University football player Christion Abercrombie to help his family with travel and loss-of-income expenses after Christion suffered a traumatic head injury during a game on September 29.

Abercrombie, a sophomore linebacker from Atlanta, collapsed on the sideline during the first half of the Tigers’ game at Vanderbilt on September 29. The EMTs on-site rushed to his side, loaded him into an ambulance, and got him to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Christion immediately underwent major surgery to reduce brain swelling, and has been in critical condition ever since.

Christion Abercrombie “As difficult a time as this is for Christion, his family and the entire Tiger nation, the gift from the College Football Assistance Fund really will help make a difference for his family,” said Tennessee State Head Football Coach Rod Reed. “I’m so very thankful that an organization like this exists and was willing to step forward so quickly to provide financial support.”

“When college football players get injured, they don’t always have the means to cover the related expenses,” said CFAF Board Member and Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL) Head Football Coach June Jones. “This is the whole reason for the College Football Assistance Fund - to help families in need.”

Medical and non-medical expenses for the family will continue to rise as Christion remains hospitalized, meaning fundraising efforts must continue. Those able to assist the family can make donations at, which will be put in a restricted fund for Christion.

“On behalf of the entire Tennessee State family, we want to send our appreciation to the College Football Assistance Fund for their generosity and support of Christion and his family. This gift will make a tremendous difference in assisting the Abercrombie’s during this difficult time,” said Tennessee State Athletics Director Teresa L. Phillips.


The College Football Assistance Fund (CFAF) is a non-profit tax-exempt organization dedicated to the support of football players. Assistance is provided to ease the burden of medical costs associated with injuries such as joint replacement, spine treatment, neurological care and other related expenses.

The CFAF was established in 2010 by a group of collegiate coaches and athletic administrators concerned about the limited resources available to injured football players. Major donors include some of today’s top college football coaches and Bowls.