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