Jordan football player shows ‘positive signs’ after breaking neck

RALEIGH — Brandon Massey, a Jordan High School football player, was seriously injured during Friday’s game at Cardinal Gibbons High School.

According to his father, Robert Massey, Brandon suffered a broken neck during the game and underwent surgery on Saturday.

The official Twitter account of Jordan High School posted a tweet on Saturday evening stating that Brandon’s surgery went “OK.” A tweet Sunday morning said the Massey family has seen “positive signs” after the surgery.

Witnesses say Brandon Massey, who wears No. 23, went to make a tackle early in the fourth quarter when he went down the ground and didn’t move for several minutes. He was immobilized by medical staff on scene and EMS was called. He was transported to the hospital.

Brandon, a sophomore at Jordan, is a 5-foot-10, 172-pound safety and linebacker for the Falcons, according to his profile on

Robert Massey, the head football coach at Shaw University, said Brandon is surrounded by family and that they are all praying for him. Robert coached in Saturday’s home game against Livingstone.

Friday’s game was called with 10:57 left in the fourth quarter and with Cardinal Gibbons leading Jordan 42-13.

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