NEW ORLEANS ― The son of the official injured in Sunday’s Saints-Browns game at the Superdome said his father was stable, albeit it in the neuro ICU at an undisclosed hospital.
“Stable is an operative word,” Al Nastasi III said Sunday night, hours after his father was carted off the field.
Al Nastasi Jr. was run over by Saints receiver Courtney Roby during a punt and almost immediately, medical technicians rushed over to help.
Paramedics eventually gave Nastasi Jr. intravenous fluids and stabilized the member of the “chain gang” before carting him to a local hospital.
Nastasi III said he couldn’t provide any more detail than that, adding that doctors were going to run more tests on his father. Roby, who spent the 10 minutes that it took to care for Nastasi hovering over the official, called the family and went to the hospital to visit.
“Courtney did call,” Nastasi III said. “He exceeded my expectations. Even after he talked to him, he showed up. We can’t say enough about him. I’ll pull for Courtney Roby no matter what uniform he puts on.”
Nastasi III, who is an alternate for the “chain gang” crew, said he had a gut feeling that his father was involved in the accident almost immediately.
“Just had a feeling when they said an official,” he said. “I said (it’s) my dad.”
After the game, Saints Head Coach Sean Payton recalled the moment being a scary one.
“It was a collision with Courtney as a gunner,” Payton said. “A lot of times those gunners get run out of bounds. He’s out of bounds running and he collides with the guy operating the chains. I did see that.”
Shortly after the game, Roby Tweeted, “My thoughts and prayers go out to Al and family.”