Vanderbilt Retires No. 1 Jersey For Fan Battling For His Life

The Vanderbilt Commodores made a move on Wednesday that will touch all of America’s heart. A day after appearing at his first-ever SEC Media Days, new head coach Derek Mason stopped at the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital to pay a special visit to a fan in need of any and all support.

Six-year-old Michael Sloan nearly drowned last Friday, being found at the bottom of a pool. In one of the classier moves we’ve seen, Mason retired the team’s vacant No. 1 jersey for the upcoming season in honor of Sloan as he battles for his life.

The young boy’s aunt posted the following picture to Instagram of Sloan wearing the No. 1 that’s been reserved for him.

Coach Mason just personally brought Michael a game #1 jersey….and said they are retiring that number for their #1 fan…. Unbelievable support from the team and players. #prayformichael #anchordown

Mason wasn’t the only Commodore to pay Sloan a visit in the hospital. A couple of days prior Vandy football players showed their support, bringing him a “Get Well” card.

Some of the Vandy football players brought their biggest fan a “Get Well” card today:) Michael is starting to make positive progress but is still on a vent and medicinally paralyzed until they can get his fever down… Thank you to everyone who has prayed/messaged my family and I ….and please continue to keep Michaelin your thoughts

They also created this touching graphic.

One of the Vandy players made this for Michael❤️

According to Sloan’s family, the little guy is making progress. On Wednesday the breathing tube was removed. As of writing, he has yet to gain consciousness, but with the support of his family, friends, strangers, and the Vanderbilt football team, hopefully Sloan will recover from the tragic accident.