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Vanderbilt retires uniform No. 1 for young fan fighting for life

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No player on Vanderbilt’s football team will wear the number one this season. The number is being retired in honor of a young Vanderbilt fan currently fighting for his life in a Nashville hospital.

Six-year-old Vandy fan Michael Sloan was found at the bottom of a pool last Friday at a day camp. He was taken to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, where he continues to be receiving medical treatment. According to a report by NBC affiliate WSMV, Sloan was still unconscious as of Tuesday night and suffered brain damage in the accident. Doctors, reportedly, are not optimistic about the young Vanderbilt fan’s chances at this point, but Vanderbilt athletes continue to show their support for the family.

“They said, hey, ‘he supports us, so we’re going to support him,’” Sloan’s father, P.J. Sloan said. On Wednesday head coach Derek Mason made the decision to retire the uniform number one in honor of Michael.

No current players on the roster were wearing the uniform number. It was previously worn by safety Kenny Ladler.

Anchor down, Michael. Anchor down.

Helmet sticker to Reddit.

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6 Responses to “Vanderbilt retires uniform No. 1 for young fan fighting for life”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Jul 16, 2014 7:15 PM

    “Anchor down, Michael. Anchor down.”

    Seems a little inappropriate considering:

    “Six-year-old Vandy fan Michael Sloan was found at the bottom of a pool last Friday at a day camp. “

  2. psly2124 says: Jul 16, 2014 8:22 PM

    Have to agree with the above statement.

  3. bwesemann27 says: Jul 16, 2014 10:13 PM

    It sounds inappropriate, but it “Anchor down” is the Vanderbilt chant.

  4. bwesemann27 says: Jul 16, 2014 10:15 PM

    *minus the it…

  5. seminolez says: Jul 17, 2014 9:39 AM

    it says it on the collar of the jersey…

  6. florida727 says: Jul 18, 2014 3:49 PM

    I applaud the move. Anytime you have a chance to encourage a young person or uplift their family, who in this case are obviously going through a difficult time, why would people on the website rip them for what they’re doing or what their trademarked slogan of choice is? His parents are probably flattered that the Vanderbilt team thought enough of their son to want to recognize and support him in this manner. Well done, Coach (and others in the Vandy community). Well done.

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