The powerful story that has captivated the sports world and inspired many to believe in miracles
On October 16, 2010, Eric LeGrand's life drastically changed course in a single moment. Eric was known for his skill as a key Rutgers defensive lineman and as a much-loved teammate who could make anyone smile.
During the heated fourth quarter of a tie game against Army, a crushing tackle left Eric sprawled motionless on the ground while the entire stadium went silent with fear and anticipation. Doctors later discovered that Eric's body was paralyzed from the neck down, marking the beginning of a long, grueling, and emotional road to recovery.
What Eric didn't know then, however, was that the months to come would be a remarkable, transformative journeyone so profound that he would call the time since his accident the best years of his life.
In this moving memoir, Eric tells the uplifting story of how he is rebuilding his future in the face of hardship. Doctors said that he would never again breathe without a ventilator. Five weeks later, though, he astonished them by drawing breath on his own. He thrilled fans only months later by posting a picture of himself online standing with support during a rehabilitation session. A year after the accident, the nation watched as he led his Rutgers teammates onto the field in his wheelchaira powerful gesture that was voted best sports moment of 2011 by Sports Illustrated readers.
Now, Eric is on his way to graduating from Rutgers University, has a budding career as a sports broadcaster, and uses his experience to spread a message of belief and positivity. He also joined the roster of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in May 2012 in a symbolic move that recognized his "character, spirit, and perseverance," said Bucs head coach Greg Schiano.
Though Eric relies on his family, friends, and faith, his belief and hope for a better future make him a role model for anyone who has experienced tragedy or faced daunting obstacles. Believe is a story of finding purpose in pain and facing setbacks with strength.
About the Author
Eric LeGrand is a student at Rutgers University and a former defensive lineman and special teams player for the Scarlet Knights. His injury and rehabilitation have been covered by such media outlets as Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, ESPN, CBS, and NBC. In May of 2012, Eric was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and in July of 2012 he received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award during ESPN's annual ESPY awards show.
Table of Contents
Foreword Kirk Herbstreit: College Football Analyst for ABC Sports and ESPN ix
1 The Quiet Before the Dawn 1
2 Where My Story Starts 11
3 A Weighty Problem and a Hefty Attitude 27
4 The Unexpected Call-Up 41
5 The Letters Never Stop 55
6 New Beginning in New Brunswick 75
7 The Scarlet Walk 91
8 The Lead-Up to Game Time 109
9 The Collision 127
10 The Seventy-Two-Hour Window 147
11 Making the Move to Kessler 171
12 Reaching Out to the Public 191
13 Touching People's Lives 219
14 Signing Bonus 231
15 My Extra Point 245
If You Would Like to Help Out… 255
Eric's story will take you on an emotional roller coaster, from the sadness and fear when he gets injured, to his inspirational journey on the road to recovery.
I loved how Eric LeGrand tells his story. He builds the background for how he came to play the game and then he tells how he lives day-to-day after he was injured playing the game. He always finds a positive spin and I loved learning about what an amazing person he truly is.