Eric LeGrand, former Rutgers defensive tackle, was only 20 when he suffered an injury during a game and was paralyzed from the neck down. LeGrand was making a tackle on a kickoff against the Army Black Knights at MetLife Stadium when he damaged his C3-C4 vertebrae. However, he hasn’t let that keep him from living his life.
It has been nearly three years and LeGrand has only continued to improve. He was recently able to return home to a house that was built from the ground up to accommodate his new life as a quadriplegic. The Believe Fund set up by Rutgers when LeGrand was hurt covered a large portion of the cost. Many people in his condition do not get to come home to state of the art conditions he has and he does not take it for granted.
In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated writer, Seth Davis, LeGrand was quoted saying, "I know I'm very fortunate," A lot of people in my situation can't have a new house like this, can't travel all over and have speaking engagements. They're just home not doing anything and deteriorating. My whole life growing up, I always loved helping people, making people laugh. To know that I can inspire … young kids, that gets me going every single day.”
To learn more about Eric LeGrand’s inspirational story, check out his books, Believe: The Victorious Story of Eric LeGrand (Young Readers’ Edition) and Believe: My Faith and the Tackle That Changed My Life.
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The Eric LeGrand Story