A major crisis at Grambling State

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: August 13, 2010

GRAMBLING, La. – Grambling State defensive lineman Christian Anthony, the SWAC’s preseason defensive player of the year, has been hospitalized after suffering chest pains.

Universitiy spokeswoman Vanessa Littleton says the 22-year-old Anthony “is listed in stable condition after being admitted to the hosptial.”

The News-Star reported that Anthony was taken to Northern Louisiana Medical Center in Ruston and that teammates say he suffered an apparent heart attack.

Littleton says the 6-foot-4, 275-pound Anthony first complained of chest pains Thursday afternoon. She says there was no indication that the incident was heat-related.

Anthony showed no signs of distress when the team went to a meeting room to cool down and hydrate around 11:30 a.m. Last season, Anthony was the only defensive lineman in the country with five interceptions.

A two-time member of the Boxtorow.com/BASN HBCU All-America football team, he finished 10th in the league with 76 tackles and third overall in both sacks (8.0) and tackles-for-loss (15.0) in 2009.