Tennessee State University football student-athlete, Jordan Bell, was in a motorcycle accident on April 4, 2020. After Jordan’s first surgery and not seeing the desired results, the doctors believed it was in Jordan's best interest and health to amputate his left leg just below the knee. Jordan has since been released from the hospital and is on the road to recovery that includes physical therapy a few days a week.
Jordan’s goal is to walk again using a prosthetic, and eventually play football again. You can support Jordan's rehabilitation journey by donating.
A GoFundMe has been set up through the department of athletics compliance office.
The designated funds will be used for medical bills, medical equipment and a prosthetic, as well as support Jordan and his family during this time.
This GoFundMe has been set up by the Tennessee State University Athletics Compliance Office to ensure the fundraiser account is conducted and monitored in accordance with NCAA legislation.
To donate click HERE.
Excerpt from Tennessean article
Bell had hit a pothole in the far left lane with the front wheel of his red Suzuki motorcycle. He remembers sliding across the road into a concrete wall. He recalls switching from his left shoulder to his right as he skidded on the asphalt, feeling his skin burn and hearing several echoing tire screeches nearby.
"I just feel like God had a hand on me," Bell said. "I could've gotten ran over."
Riding northbound, Bell only made it across the Murfreesboro Pike overpass on Interstate 24.
Four strangers stopped to help. After approximately eight minutes, an ambulance arrived and transported Bell to the trauma unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. After the first surgery, Bell could faintly move his left foot, but it grew increasingly pale, lacking blood flow. His left leg was amputated just below the knee after a second surgery.
Bell, 20, played nine games in his redshirt freshman season in 2018 at TSU, rushing for 5 yards on two carries to go along with five tackles on special teams. In 2019, he played in all 12 games for the Tigers, recording eight tackles and a punt return for a touchdown. Now his goal is to walk without assistance.
"I'm not going crazy, thinking about my whole future right now," said Bell, who is doing physical therapy three days a week. "But I'm (motivated) to make big chunks in progress (toward) what I'm focused on. And what I'm focused on right now is mid-May. That's when I'm going to walk and do everything myself. I'm going to be ready for my prosthetic."
Jordan Bell Receives a Surprise Visit from @Tigerpride53 @CoachMashack @coachpenny1 Members of TSU Football and TSU Family with a Supporting Trail of Vehicles!@OVCSports @NCAA_FCS @HEROSportsFCS @FCS_STATS @MikeOrganWriter @JonBurton32 @emily_proud @DaveFoster17 @JBeasleyWSMV pic.twitter.com/2jesJuwVpF— Tennessee State Football (@TennStateFB) April 29, 2020