Former Rutgers player Eric LeGrand was paralyzed from the neck down after attempting a tackle on kickoff coverage during an October game against Army.  Since that day, LeGrand’s faith and belief in recovering from the horrific injury has inspired countless individuals.  His recovery has been slow, but progress is being made.  Earlier this Summer, he reported slight movements in his arms.  LeGrand also released a picture of himself standing next to his mother with support in his rehabiliation process.  And now this Fall, Eric LeGrand will return to the Rutgers football family as his recovery continues.  He will serve as a pregame, halftime, and postgame analyst in the Rutgers radio booth…

LeGrand made his debut as a radio analyst last night in Rutgers’ win over North Carolina Central.  LeGrand is hoping to pursue a career in sports broadcasting according to Yahoo Sports

A player who was told he likely would never walk again is suddenly standing very tall. With headset on, LeGrand broke down the Rutgers 21-0 halftime lead over FCS program North Carolina Central in both program’s season openers. He didn’t like the Rutgers penalties, three in all for 25 yards against the MEAC program, but he saw good things from a defense he once anchored in limiting the visitors to just 78 yards of total offense in the first half.

And since the injury last fall has derailed his dreams of playing in the NFL for his favorite team, the Denver Broncos, LeGrand has focused on a future on broadcasting.

“It’s just my dream got started earlier now than I expected so I got to go with the flow,” LeGrand said. “Enjoy the stuff I’m doing now.”

Hopefully for Eric LeGrand, his progress as a broadcaster will parallel his continued progress in recovery.  His presence at Rutgers football games in the broadcast booth is one of the most uplifiting stories you’ll find in the sports media and we wish him all the best.  You can make a contribution to the Eric LeGrand Believe Fund at this link.   

[H/T Dr. Saturday]

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