A high school football star is fighting for his life on the South Side tonight days after he collapsed during a game.
The family of 17-year-old Drew Williams is searching for answers.
Last Friday, Lane Tech was playing Dunbar High School at Gately Stadium in what is being described as a hard hitting game.
Drew is a senior defensive back and wide receiver. It was early in the 3rd quarter when Drew limped off the field and collapsed.
Paramedics, were already standing by, as is customary at CPS football games.
Drew was taken to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn and his family has been by his side ever since. They say the brain damage was severe. Surgery was needed to relieve pressure in his skull. Drew is in critical condition and in a coma.
Sources say footage of the game does not show any one single hit that sent Williams to the hospital.
Today his father said there appear to be signs of hope.
“He’s got some brain damage. Day by day he’s getting better,” said Chris Williams.