Tuskegee football player who lost leg gets support from big rival

Updated: Jul. 27, 2018 at 6:03 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - One of Tuskegee University's biggest football rivals, Alabama State University, is working to offer support to one of their players after a horrific accident ended his football career.

Jabari Bailey, a member of the Golden Tigers football team, is recovering after losing his leg in a car accident in Memphis earlier in July.

ASU football coach Donald Hill-Eley is encouraging the entire Hornet Nation to contribute to the Jabari Bailey's Recovery Fund.

"We are going to compete with them. We are going to play them hard just like any other game, but when it comes to one of our guys that is down, whether it Alabama State or Tuskegee we are going to support our kids," Hill-Eley explained. "My heart just goes out to that program and the family."

The owner of Heritage Barbershop, which is right across from campus, has also jumped on board to raise money.

"This illustrates this is bigger than just football and just rivalry. This is about human beings. He was helping someone and I think it is our duty to help him," said Vladimir Averett.

On July 11 Bailey sustained a career-ending injury. While assisting a stranded friend, a truck slammed into the rear of the friend's car, pinning Jabari between the two cars and severing his left leg at the knee. The driver of the truck has been charged with failing to yield, causing serious injury.

Tuskegee University Athletics announced they were joining with the ongoing outpouring of concern for Bailey by posting a GoFundMe account on his family's behalf to assist with various expenses.

Next week Hill-Eley, his staff, and players, along with Heritage Barbershop, will present their contributions.

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