Paralyzed Rutgers football player signed by Tampa Bay
Eric LeGrand tells his story
- Duration 4:05
- Date May 6, 2012
Eric LeGrand tells his story
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The bay Buccaneers have -- a brain in the into their roster he is unlike any other NFL player ever.
Records university defensive tackle Eric -- -- suffered a serious spinal cord injury during a kick -- return in 2010.
Leaving him paralyzed and on a ventilator but he has made amazing progress since -- The -- coach at Rutgers Greg Xian I was now the coach of the bucks he calls the signing a small gesture to recognize Eric's character.
-- -- gray and joins us now live and it is a privilege to chat with you today I gotta say.
People who talk about you say before your accident after your accident you're the same guy you were already involved in charity work work in the community and very inspirational to those around you so what drives you.
You know just the people put a smile somebody's face he's league owners in the band now with my whole journey if I -- -- will -- -- -- That really motivates me pushing me the -- therapy you know since I got hurt my stories when nationally people been able to see.
The person I -- before -- play football.
Just the people around me who I was so abruptly changed the personal just cause I got hurt and now more people are grasping onto -- I'm just -- change the world over here.
Well you're certainly doing now one person at a time one effort at a time and I know that -- said you touched on -- -- that.
You've been able to reach a lot more people because of your circumstances and simply when you were playing football you sound like somebody who's taken circumstances.
And is really turned -- to your advantage.
Hey you know and let this whole situation says absolutely -- get down on myself.
You know there's going to -- you know I've just got to keep qualify in the used -- things I learned here.
Arab university just to get myself better where I want to be -- as an answer to win nationally I'm able to inspire.
Millions of people and that's what I really wanna do -- about their everyday lives you know -- you know take every don't take anything for granted and you know the way about the little things in my -- Just be you know be happy be smile every day.
Well you certainly inspired coach Leon I -- he's with the bucks now he was your coach of rockers.
What did it mean to you to get the word that he signed -- to a contract with the box.
If not even know what to say when he called me up and he told me Dow's late.
Because you really want to do this where you're gonna waste is probably goes that's the least that we can dollars and site.
Coach -- you know to say to you right now just thank you know it's always been -- -- always wanted to go to NFL have an obvious the circumstances that I wanna be but I can we say.
That on there and I made it.
You absolutely did now want to make sure folks know the have a book coming out this fall as well.
And tell us what will learn.
Will -- I'm working on as we speak you know hopefully get a better.
Go by the beginning of September resulting from out -- -- -- know about my whole life story.
Leading up to injury and just everything before that so you get to know the person that I was my entire life.
Grown -- -- things that I faced in my life so I'm very excited to get that out then so public so they know who are preparing -- before the injury not just the way I am now.
Well and you also have an event called walk to believe coming up in June -- tells about that.
That's going to be -- that workers' stadium you know there's the second annual walk to believe.
What's -- friend of the family now move she just did this out of the blue last year didn't even know the Phillies just started this situation.
And just want to -- -- walk to believe Sierra Vista earnings -- -- Gonzales.
And she says set up.
And as you just this at three KM walk around workers bush -- is.
And -- back to the stadium and you know you just come out and you did donations will -- to help.
-- mom and I get to our everyday living.
And it really does help us out but as the pre K walk around Busch campus and I'll think about this year strolling through debris -- walk especially if it's.
-- had a bunch of people came out last year or open a triple a this year is a fun event on June 2 some open.
If you guys ever want to come out then I believe it's a walk to believe dot com you can go on.
And you can sign up right there.
-- -- and we would love to follow that in your book this fall as well congratulations on your NFL contract in all you have moving forward.
Thanks for being such an inspiration so many people out there.
Thank you -- and I really appreciate that.