Family: Connor Erickson, Brain Injured in Football Game, Coming Home

(CBS Minnesota) – Christmas is still more than three weeks away, but the Erickson family is about to get the greatest possible gift delivered early.

Conner Erickson, the Brainerd High School football captain who suffered a serious head injury in September, will soon come home after months in the hospital and rehab.

“He is up and active and everything,” said Conner’s uncle, Jared Erickson. “He’s made a lot of recovery, but he’s not who he was on the day of Sept. 9.”

It was on the night of Sept. 9 when Erickson collapsed on the sideline against Moorhead after getting hit on a routine play. An ambulance took him to a hospital in Fargo where he underwent emergency brain surgery. CONTINUE