Believe: My Faith and the Tackle That Changed My Life

Believe: My Faith and the Tackle That Changed My Life

by Eric LeGrand, Mike Yorkey


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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 journey—one 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 wheelchair—a 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062226297
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Pages: 255
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.01(d)
Lexile: 1040L (what's this?)

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

Acknowledgments 251

If You Would Like to Help Out… 255

Customer Reviews

Believe: My Faith and the Tackle That Changed My Life 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MAbraham16 More than 1 year ago
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.
usfbullsfan More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"The woods."