Tennessee State University’s Big Blue spirit will be part of the NFL Draft when it comes to the Music City on April 25.
The university’s renowned Aristocrat of Bands is in a promotional advertising the draft. But probably the biggest display of TSU spirit will take place on April 27 when Tigers linebacker Christion Abercrombie announces the fifth-round pick for the Tennessee Titans.
Christion made national news last season when he suffered a life-threatening injury in a football game against Vanderbilt University. Doctors didn’t think he’d survive. But Christion has made a miraculous recovery since the Sept. 29 incident. On April 13, he attended the annual Blue and White scrimmage game at TSU.
On April 25, TSU President Glenda Glover will host a luncheon and tour for the Professional Football Players Mothers Association and friends. The event follows a ‘Salute to Greatness’ reception/dinner on April 12 that celebrated former TSU football players who competed in the pros.
Over the years, more than 150 TSU players went on to compete in the National Football League, Canadian Football League, and other professional leagues. Twenty-one former Tigers played in Super Bowls.
“It’s part of the TSU football legacy,” said Glover of the event celebrating the former players. “They came here as students, and left here as greats.”
One of those greats is Ed ‘Too Tall’ Jones, who appeared in three Super Bowls as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. The defensive lineman was their No. 1 overall pick in the 1974 NFL Draft. Jones said he can relate to the anticipation and nervousness draft hopefuls are likely experiencing.
“I was a big Cowboy fan growing up,” said Jones, who will announce Dallas’ pick at the draft. “To be the first overall pick, go to the team of my choice, it was mind-boggling.”