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Rutgers player paralyzed from the neck down

There’s very sobering and heart-wrenching news coming from Rutgers this afternoon as the school has issued a statement on the condition of defensive tackle Eric LeGrand.

The junior suffered what looked to be a very serious neck injury in Rutgers’ win over Army Saturday.  Unfortunately for all involved, their worst fears have been realized.

According to a release issued by the school this afternoon, LeGrand underwent emergency surgery last night and into this morning to stabilize his spine in the C3-C4 level of the spinal cord.  At this time, LeGrand has no movement below his neck.

LeGrand, per the release, is currently resting in the intensive care unit at a Hackensack hospital, where he will remain for the near future.

“We want to say thank you to everyone for all of your prayers, kind words, and well wishes,” the LeGrand family said in a statement. “We appreciate every single thought. Eric is in good spirits and we are praying for a full recovery.”

“Eric, his family and the Rutgers Football family believe he will recover,” said Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano. “We ask our fans and the entire Rutgers community to believe and pray for Eric as he begins the recovery process.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Eric LeGrand, and will remain with him as he fights his way through this unimaginable situation.

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67 Responses to “Rutgers player paralyzed from the neck down”
  1. edgy1957 says: Oct 17, 2010 4:07 PM

    Wish the best for the kid. It’s too bad that it happened and I hope for the best.

  2. Tim's Neighbor says: Oct 17, 2010 4:21 PM

    It makes me angry to think that so many are against using stem cells in medicine. I believe poor Mr. LeGrand would be a perfect test subject…

  3. vegas691 says: Oct 17, 2010 5:07 PM

    Sad. Truely sad.

  4. crazyguy says: Oct 17, 2010 5:23 PM

    That sucks. Praying for him and his family.

  5. Robert says: Oct 17, 2010 5:25 PM

    This is the one bit of news you never want to see/read/hear about. Lots of love and hope for the young man and his family.

  6. lin1945 says: Oct 17, 2010 5:39 PM

    What a tragedy. Keep the prayers going. Prayer does work. May Eric recover, no matter how slow it goes. Rutgers has had more than its share of issues so let’s hope this one is one that can be fixed.

  7. gator_prof says: Oct 17, 2010 5:55 PM

    This is just awful news. I hope that the damage is reversible a la Dennis Byrd.
    Tim’s Neighbor,
    Simply put, you are an idiot and prove this on several fronts.
    First, you hijack a thread reporting on an awful injury and politicize it.
    Second, your statement, “Mr. LeGrand would be a perfect test subject” is based out of complete and total ignorance. You likely are not a spinal cord trauma expert. If you were, it is highly unlikely that you have complete knowledge of Mr. LeGrand’s exact condition regarding the damage to his spinal cord.
    Given your lack of information and likely education, who anointed you to determine who is the “perfect test subject” for stem cell therapy?
    It is indeed too bad that stem cell therapy cannot be used to cure chronic idiocy as I believe that you would be a perfect test subject.

  8. RI Doc says: Oct 17, 2010 5:56 PM

    Really? What qualifies you to say that? Are you a neurosurgeon who has examined Mr. LeGrand? It was only this month that for the first time a patient was treated with stem cell therapy for SCI (spinal cord injury) in a clinical trial- so while there is a lot of hype, there is still a long way to go before we realize any potential. And actually, Mr. LeGrand would not qualify as a test subject because he has a cervical injury (in the neck). Close to the neck is the brain stem which controls breathing, temperature regulation, and heart rate – if the experimental treatment in that area messed up those functions, death may result, so currently only thoracic injuries will be studied.

  9. StuPardo says: Oct 17, 2010 6:32 PM

    “3, 4, 5 keeps the diaphragm alive”. A C3-C4 level spinal injury leaves one unable to breath without ventilator support. This could be most unfortunate for the young man and his family.

  10. crazyguy says: Oct 17, 2010 6:38 PM

    All those for Neighbor being a D-bag say “I”

  11. Vee says: Oct 17, 2010 6:53 PM

    Tim’s Neigbor isn’t just a D-bag, crazyguy. He’s the single biggest jerk ever recorded on these blogs. What kind of sub-human would stoop to politicizing a young man’s injury – especially when he has no idea what he’s talking about. What an idiot lowlife.
    Best wishes and prayers for Eric LeGrand and his family.

  12. Mim says: Oct 17, 2010 7:21 PM

    I am so sorry this has happened. Please know, LeGrand family, that you are in my thoughts. The mind is a very powerful ally. Stay strong and positive.

  13. JSE17 says: Oct 17, 2010 7:44 PM

    Pray all you wish if it makes you feel better. Unfortunately Eric will not benefit one scintilla from your actions. 8-precious years of medical research have been lost because of Luddite induced government policy.
    My sincerest regrets to Eric and his family for this horrific tragedy!

  14. Bleach Guzzler says: Oct 17, 2010 8:17 PM

    To those of you shitting all over Tim’s Neighbor for suggesting that stem cells could be useful in this situation, try to put yourself in the mindset of Mr. LeGrand. Would you not be so unbelievably desperate for something that might help you regain your ability to move that you would try virtually anything? If you say that you wouldn’t, you’re a pathetic liar. Giving this guy lip for making a suggestion that may well not be too far off-base is a complete waste of effort that would be better spent trying to stamp out the efforts of the brainless Bible thumpers that want stem cell research outlawed. Or just keep being a dick on the internet. Whatever’s easier.

  15. reptaddict says: Oct 17, 2010 8:38 PM

    Can we put aside our political arguments for a while and just wish the best for this unfortunate young man? I can’t imagine the horror he must feel as he’s told what has become of him.

  16. Ben Kercheval says: Oct 17, 2010 8:38 PM

    1) my thoughts and prayers go to Eric, his family and friends.
    2) I know this is a free country and you’re entitled to speak your mind, but I am (for once) going to ask that people stay on topic here. Arguments about religion and stem cells has nothing, zip, nada, to do with what we talk about on here. If you want to debate about stem cells, go somewhere else.

  17. Bleach Guzzler says: Oct 17, 2010 10:00 PM

    Hey, Ben, I’ll take your suggestions to heart as soon as you write an article worth reading. Better get crackin’, son.

  18. dmar says: Oct 17, 2010 11:30 PM

    All good thoughts and prayers for this kid and his family. If stem cells, magic wands, or anything else can help him, I hope he gets what he needs. While not unheard of, this is always a terrible tragedy when it happens, especially to one so young.

  19. Not stupid says: Oct 18, 2010 12:13 AM

    You play a stupid dangerous sport where the general intention is to maim or knock out a foe and this is what you get.

  20. RLT says: Oct 18, 2010 12:40 AM

    I read this with tears in my eyes. Good bless you and your family. With God, all things are possible.
    Regarding stem cell research, I think the parents of the unborn fetus should make the decison whether or not it can tested. The GOVT has NO right to interfere with personal choice. None, nada, ZERO.
    Thanks Bush for ANOTHER stupid decision. Boy did he fall off the map after the election!

  21. davyroo says: Oct 18, 2010 12:44 AM

    wow

  22. ellemmae says: Oct 18, 2010 1:08 AM

    This is the cruelest comment anyone could leave. You should be ashamed. And they thought Tim’s neighbor was bad! JSE’s comment wasn’t much better. How can anyone say prayer will not help? Obviously this is another person who wants everyone to stop believing – a sad day for America! Prayer and believing are two of the very few things that can help during tragic times such as these.
    Please everyone – if you nothing good to say to him or his family – don’t say anything at all. No one needs to hear anything negative about the injury, at this point.
    My PRAYERS and best wishes go out to Eric, his family and his friends. Please keep believing!

  23. KenC says: Oct 18, 2010 1:16 AM

    Eric will definitely be in my daily prayers. If it is any consolation I fell 20+ ft. from a ladder on July 31, 2008 and they suggested that I was traveling about 70mph and broke my neck in the area of
    C5-6 and had a Class 3 concussion, traumatic brain energy and paralyzed on my complete left side. My diaphragm was partially paralyzed. It took a while but after my surgery my movement has returned on my left side. I still show signs of my brain injury
    but I have always said what I’ve gone through is a lot better than the alternative. I feel that God had other plans for me and perhaps He also does for Eric. I would just encourage Eric to not to give up hope and to put up a good fight. Mr. & Mrs. LeGrand & family, as long as he does that & you give him the support he will pull him out of this and recover — but that will also take your support.

  24. ellemmae says: Oct 18, 2010 1:21 AM

    Think about it – what sport is not dangerous? There is no such thing. You can get injured in any sport and I don’t think anyone intends to harm other players, especially not to this degree. Get a life and and a better attitude.

  25. PolegoJim says: Oct 18, 2010 1:57 AM

    Very best positive thoughts are with you.
    May the family receive all the support possible from friends and the medical field.
    Endure, fight, adjust, adapt as best you can.
    Keep a measure of joy and hope through the trial, as difficult as it may be at times. Never give up.

  26. ellemmae says: Oct 18, 2010 2:05 AM

    This is the cruelest comment anyone could leave. You should be ashamed. And they thought Tim’s neighbor was bad! JSE’s comment wasn’t much better. How can anyone say prayer will not help? Obviously this is another person who wants everyone to stop believing – a sad day for America! Prayer and believing are two of the very few things that can help during tragic times such as these.
    Please everyone – if you nothing good to say to him or his family – don’t say anything at all. No one needs to hear anything negative about the injury, at this point.
    My PRAYERS and best wishes go out to Eric, his family and his friends. Please keep believing!

  27. Be4bama says: Oct 18, 2010 10:09 AM

    The BAMA Nation is praying for YOU!!!!

  28. Be4bama says: Oct 18, 2010 10:11 AM

    And for u that don’t believe…..well I pray for u too!!!!

  29. Shamwow says: Oct 18, 2010 11:01 AM

    Best wishes to this young man and his family. How about some of you morons dwelling in your mom’s basement banging out nonsense with your keyboards save your ‘intelligent’ and ‘compelling’ discussions for a more appropriate place. The odds are the only thing you know about stem cells is what some other basement dwelling monkey copied and pasted out of context from something they saw on the internet.

  30. LiveNDieFootball says: Oct 18, 2010 2:10 PM

    Mannn…we see this day in and day with similar injuries, but they turn out to be good news. Unfortunately good news cannot go on forever if we keep pushing it. I wish the kid will fully recover and it’s just the swelling of the spinal cord that’s temporarily keeping him from moving.
    Now it makes me think of those helmet to helmet, head to head, and hitting a defenseless player, a rediculous call….. turned out to be great calls after all.

  31. Tim's Neighbor says: Oct 18, 2010 4:39 PM

    Sorry, didn’t mean to “hi-jack” the thread. I feel for the kid, like everyone else. I’m hoping for the best. However, me not posting that on a website isn’t going to change a thing about this situation.
    1) I don’t care about the political aspects of this argument.
    2) I don’t care about religion or pro-life/pro-choice arguments either (also note that the cells do not come from aborted babies).
    3) I should have had a source when I posted. However, while sloppy on my part, it’s doesn’t make me a d-bag or sub-human (because wanting this kid to get better through medicine is very uncaring?). http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-closer-stem-cells-20101018,0,6881264.story
    There you go. (I guess perhaps he’s not ideal only because of the location of his injury.)
    4) The only reason I brought this up is because it could have changed this kid’s outcome. But we all argue about stem cell research in numbers and what-ifs. Nothing is ever concrete. Here is a concrete example. And for sports fans to not be behind something that could help the athletes we enjoy watching seems odd.

  32. john says: Oct 19, 2010 7:09 AM

    Eric LeGrand, To Eric and his family, My family and i are praying for you as is the entire world.I hope nothing but the best for you.Stay possitive. John Beaver & family

  33. john says: Oct 19, 2010 7:13 AM

    Eric LeGrand, stay possitive. Its in gods hands and you will beat this. My family and i are praying for u as thye rest of he world. Get Well. John Beaver & Family

  34. SOURKREME says: Oct 20, 2010 2:55 AM

    A young man plays as hard as he can to try to catch the eye of a pro scout. He is trying so hard to keep the sport he loves from coming to a halt. However a young man does not even think that an injury will stop him from playing the game he loves. An injury that will not only stop him from playing the game he loves but will change him as a man. The jury is still out but it seems a miracle is needed to repair the injuries to this young man, Soon the depression will set in on the young man. He must remember that this will be a long recovery and that he will never be the same man as he was. The best medicine right now for this young man is prayer. The power of prayer helps many people. It sure can’t hurt but again it may help.

  35. foxer84 says: Oct 22, 2010 12:49 AM

    really super sad. i hope the best for him. i cant believe these kids dont even get paid. i hope the university will take care of him.

  36. snake says: Oct 22, 2010 6:24 AM

    we all pray for you

  37. ButterPHunny says: Oct 23, 2010 6:22 PM

    Eric ..
    I am so sorry about your injury ..
    I know how much u loved football ..
    What a pity that something you loved so much resulted in such injury and sadness ..
    One day you will walk again ..
    That is a promise from God ..
    Please keep faith in that promise ..
    Just as Christ raised the dead, healed the sick, fed the poor and gave sight to the blind, he will likewise restore you to good health ..
    “Just a little while longer” .. God promises ..
    Love always to you and your family.
    Mark 1:40 – 42

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