Former Rutgers Standout Eric LeGrand Tells How His Life Changed After Being Paralyzed
Former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers standout Eric LeGrand joins Jeff Thurn on Thursday's edition of Overtime.
Hear Thurn (@jtespn991) ask LeGrand (@EricLeGrand52) how is changed after being paralyzed from the neck down while football for Rutgers in 2010:
LeGrand talks about how his life has changed since the accident:
"You know you got to go on living your life. Of course the injury was very unfortunate and you never want something like to happen. I never wished my life was changed, but it was. Still you have to live life to the fullest and as you go through it, you want to give back and help other people. That's why I started Team LeGrand of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Not only to help me, but to help the 1.5 million people that have a spinal cord injury, or the 5.6 million people that are dealing with some type of paralysis. Try to find a cure for them, and in meantime, help them with their quality of life as they go through this injury because it's not something that is easy to deal with not only physically, but mentally also. One day I am hoping to in the next five to ten years to help these scientists find a cure and everyone get back on their feet walking again."
How did LeGrand's life change after his injury?
"It was October 16, 2010. We were playing at MetLife Stadium, Rutgers vs. the Army Black Knights. We tied the game up 17-17 with five minutes left in the fourth quarter. It was a kickoff right after we scored a touchdown. I was running down the field to make a tackle and next thing you know I was laying down on the field motionless and they didn't know if I was going to live the season. The next hour I felt like I was going to die because I couldn't breathe or move. I thought my body was in shock and the wind knocked out of me. But as when I couldn't breathe, that really freaked me out. I thought that I wasn't going to live to see another day."