(NEW YORK) — Former Rutgers defensive end Eric LeGrand who was paralyzed during a play on special teams in a October 2010 game against Army at MetLife Stadium has a new book out titled, “Believe: My Faith and the Tackle that Changed My Life“.
Since being injured, LeGrand has been working everyday towards his goal of walking again and joined ABC Sports Radio to discuss the reason behind the book.
“I put it together just to inspire people,” LeGrand said. “I really believe that I have a story that I need to get on paper for people to read so they can go out there and be better in their lives.”
LeGrand was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano in the offseason and spoke about that honor.
“It was great, him and the whole organization they said that they’ve wanted to do it since he (Greg Schiano) got down there,” said LeGrand. “They knew this was my draft year and how hard I worked.”
“When they did that, it really meant a lot to me.”
LeGrand retired before training camp as a Buccaneer for life in order to free up a roster spot for the team.
In July, LeGrand received the Jimmy V award at the ESPY awards for overcoming great obstacles through physical perseverance and determination and for living by the Jimmy V way, ‘Don’t ever give up!’ motto.
So, what is one thing that he’d like readers to learn from the book?
“To look to me as a hero, a person that will never give up no matter what adversity is thrown at them,” LeGrand said is the purpose of the book. “I’ve learned through playing the game of football my whole life, dealing with adversity and taking that same time and not running away from it.”
The book is also available as a young reader’s version, “Believe: The Victorious Story of Eric LeGrand”.
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