Eric LeGrand, 275 lbs. entered Rutger’s University on a full scholarship that was offered to him during his freshmen year of high school. He played on the Specialty team; his position was defensive tackle at the time of the accident. He is still in school working on Bachelor’s degree. Eric will be seeking further employment in the fi eld of Broadcasting and Motivational Speaking.
Eric LeGrand, an athlete since the age of 5; always believing that he was destined for more, now sits at the age of 25 dealing with a life of physical paralysis. He is now walking a different path of life where he has learned to elevate himself and others through the concept of the “power of the mind”. Before his accident, he was recognized lightly as the athlete that would surely obtain success on a national level. Today he is enjoying the process of rising to the level of national success. He has become known as a Champion.
On October 16, 2010, LeGrand suffered a severe spinal injury during a game against the Army Black Knights in New Meadowlands Stadium. LeGrand recognized one of the most fatal moments of his life. He experienced fear like he’s never known. All the feelings of completeness and defeat pounced on his brain as he lay on the field not physically feeling anything. He didn’t know what to expect at that moment when he collided with pain from athletes of the opposing football team; members that accidentally changed the course of his life. Th e doctors quickly stated that he would never walk, feed himself, and would be on a ventilator for the rest of your life.
Th e Pulse caught up with LeGrand at Book Ends’ located in Ridgewood, NJ. As he promoted his first book ever written, called “Believe”, he smiled with confidence andassurance.
“He was amazing to talk to”, said Mark, a young fan and reader. Eric said; “people told me I had something to say and to give through writing. This is first book is a good start. My second book will be about my new life experiences after the accident. I wrote two versions of the book; one for kids ($16.99), one for adults ($23.99). I broke the book down for the kids so to be more inspiration to them. I keep a busy life with therapy, hanging out with my friends, my girlfriend and travel. I have a very busy life”. Eric receives great support from his family and friends and his special therapists, who were all on board to celebrate his later endeavor.