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It didn't say Buccaneers that -- -- -- in the into their roster he unlike any other NFL player ever.
Records university defensive tackle Eric -- -- suffered a serious spinal cord injury during a kick off return in 2010.
Leaving him paralyzed and on a ventilator but he has made amazing progress since then.
The -- coach at Rutgers Greg Xian I would now the coach of the -- he called the signing a small gesture to recognize Eric's character.
-- -- -- and joins us now live and it is a privilege to chat with you today I gotta say.
On people who talk about Tuesday 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 used so what drives you.
You know -- -- people put a smile on somebody's face.
He's legal and every single band now.
With my whole journey if I can inspire -- person today.
That really motivates me pushing me the -- therapy you know since I got hurt.
The -- stories when nationally people been able to see.
The person I -- before -- play football.
Just the people around -- knew I was so abruptly changed a personal just -- I got hurt and now more people are grasping onto us I'm just trying to change the world over here.
Well you're certainly doing that one person at a time one effort at a time and I know that you that you touched on -- the air that.
You've been able to reach a lot more people because of your circumstances -- simply when you were playing football you sound like somebody who's taken circumstances.
And it's really turn them to your advantage.
They have no they let this whole situation.
Has absolutely -- get down on myself you know there's going to don't seem I've just.
Gotta keep I'll fight in the -- the things I learned here Arab university just to get myself.
Better where I want to be it is like -- -- -- win nationally I'm able to inspire.
Millions of people and that's what I really wanted to do hope about their everyday lives you know just you know take -- -- taken the program -- -- you know the -- about the little things -- together.
Just be you know be happy -- smile every day.
Well he's certainly inspired coach you know I mean he's with the -- now he was your coach of rockers.
What did it mean to you got to get the word that he signed -- -- contract with the box.
You know -- even militants say when he called -- up and he told me that -- like.
Because you really want to do this when you go to waste -- -- -- -- this the least that we can dollars and site.
-- taught you know to say to you right now just thank you now.
So has been a -- always wanted to go to that a -- may not be in the circumstances that I wanna be but I can at least say that -- there are made it.
You actually did now want to make sure folks know the have a book coming out this fall as well I'm palpable learn -- Who.
-- a market on as we speak you know hopefully get a better.
Go by the beginning of September or so can come out -- -- more you know about my whole life story.
A leading up to injury and just everything before -- -- you get to know the person was my entire life.
Grown up and things that I have faced in my life so I'm very excited to get that out there so public so they know who -- -- -- 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 looking -- about that.
That's going to be -- that workers they have you know this the second annual walk to believe.
The last your friend of the family now what she just did this out of the blue.
Last year didn't even know the -- just started this situation and just want to make a walk to believe here -- fair means our league had dollars.
And she says setup and as you just the super -- walk around workers Busch campus.
And leads back to the stadium and you know you just come out is that donations go -- to help.
Bob Bob and I get to our everyday living.
And it really does help us out but -- the pre K walk around Busch campus and I'll think about this year strolling through the pre -- walk especially if it's.
-- settled 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 have ever want to come out there and I believe it's a walk to believe dot com you can go on and you can sign up right there.
Eric are grand we would love it followed that in your book that fall as well congratulations on your NFL contract and -- you have moving forward.
Thanks for being such an inspiration to -- people out there.
Thank you shouldn't really appreciate them.
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