Man hospitalized after falling during contest at Titans game

By Vincent Frank

The Tennessee Titans and their fans couldn’t have been more elated to knock off the New England Patriots in a 34-10 route at Nissan Stadium in Nashville on Sunday.

Unfortunately, there was a near-tragic backdrop to the blowout win. During a T-shirt throwing contest, 37-year-old Thomas Carrico Jr. of Goodlettsville fell out of the stands as the contest was taking place.

“The fall occurred during a T-shirt toss in the third quarter when a shirt landed on an awning in the stadium, a witness said,” the Tennessean reported. “Police said Carrico lost his balance and accidentally fell over a lower level railing and through the awning that covers the home team tunnel.”

Carrico Jr. was ultimately transported to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical but stable condition. A spokesperson for the hospital later upgraded the young man to stable condition on Monday.

An NFL employee witnessed the accident. As the cheerleaders were throwing T-shirts to the crowd in the stands, one landed on the awning above the tunnel. “Next thing I saw was a guy falling through the netting,” the employee said.