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College Football Player Stretchered Off The Field After Opening Kickoff

A UCF football helmet placed on the field.

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: A UCF Knights helmet sits on the field after the UCF Knights defeated the Baylor Bears 52-42 in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

The first game of the season for the UCF Knights brought with it a terrible scene. During the opening kickoff, Aaron Robinson, a transfer defensive back from Alabama, stayed down on the field after a hit.

Robinson went down on on the kickoff and lay motionless on the field. Eventually, Robinson had to be stretchered off the field by a group of UCF training staff and medical personnel.

The medical staff stabilized Robinson before he was take off the field. ESPN's commentators revealed Robinson did, in fact, move his legs.

Robinson also gave a thumbs up to the fans as he left the field, ESPN reported.

Both college football and the NFL have made a concerted effort to change the way kickoffs work. Due to the dangerous nature of kickoffs, the NCAA instituted a rule to make kickoffs safer.

The end of kickoffs could be here sooner rather than later if serious injuries continue.

We'll update Robinson's condition when it becomes known.