S. Central football player on the road to recovery after injury

BLOUNTVILLE, TN (WJHL) – A Sullivan Central High School wide receiver is back home in Blountville after over a month of treatment in both Knoxville and Nashville.

16-year-old Jordan Self badly injured his pancreas after a tackle.

The Sullivan Central cheer team held some friendly competition among their classes, selling “spirit link” paper bracelets at $1 a piece. All proceeds go to Jordan Self and his family.

jordan-self-football-3At Friday’s homecoming game against Sullivan South, the Cougars displayed the over 100 links they sold in honor of Jordan. Cheer Captain Laken Wright said they’ve missed him during homecoming week.

“We’re really sad because we know Jordan wanted to be a part of this homecoming game just as much as anybody else so without Jordan here it’s really sad for all of us but we’re here supporting him so he’s pretty much here with us. We’re just blessed that he’s doing better now and back at home,” Wright said.

The school raised around $150 for the Self family as they continue to show their support and love for Jordan.

“It’s our homecoming week so whichever class bought the most links for Jordan got points for homecoming so it’s a really good fundraiser for Jordan jordan-self-football-2and for the school,” Jordan’s friend, Abby Rose Van Buren said.

Jordan also plays basketball at Sullivan Central. His coach said he’s great both on and off the court.

“He’s a great athlete but he’s even a better kid you couldn’t ask for anybody better to coach, he always does what he’s suppose to, he’s always looking to get better,” Coach McGhee said.

Jordan’s family said they’re humbled by the school’s kindness.

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