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Eric LeGrand: ‘I believe God’s plan is to make me walk again’

Eric LeGrand

It’s been six months since Eric LeGrand suffered a significant spinal cord injury during Rutgers’ game against Army, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down.

He was recently released from the Kessler Institute, and, while he’s made significant progress since sustaining the injury — including some sensation in parts of his body below his neck — he’s still unable to walk.  LeGrand, though,

Speaking to a group of reporters for the first time since his injury, LeGrand remained upbeat regarding his future and that something positive will come from his ordeal.

“I hope I can inspire a lot of people to never stop believing,” LeGrand said. “I believe God’s plan is to make me walk again. He put me in this position to inspire people. …

“This is a one-in-a-five-million injury. This doesn’t happen all over. There is a reason why this happened. I was picked for this to happened to. I believe God put me through this because he knows I can fight through this.”

LeGrand, who is still rehabbing three times a week at Kessler, has attended one practice since his release from the rehab center.

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21 Responses to “Eric LeGrand: ‘I believe God’s plan is to make me walk again’”
  1. gatorsrock says: Apr 25, 2011 6:48 PM

    GOD Bless!

  2. southernpatriots says: Apr 25, 2011 8:28 PM

    Amen! Amen! Amen! Let it be so, Lord!

  3. speedel says: Apr 25, 2011 8:36 PM

    and on the 6th day man was taught NOT TO DROP YOUR HEAD WHEN TACKLING.

    Lesson to be learned kids, tackling technique is important

  4. mvpolamalu says: Apr 25, 2011 10:06 PM

    My first college game ever and this happened. God bless him

  5. Deb says: Apr 25, 2011 11:47 PM

    Medical science is continually making progress in paralysis treatment, and my fervent prayers go with LeGrand in the hope that he’ll be blessed as Dennis Byrd and Kevin Everett have been. His faith and attitude are inspiring.

  6. southernpatriots says: Apr 26, 2011 4:33 AM

    Deb is so correct, “medical science is continually making progress in paralysis treatment” with wonderful strides. One of the first requirements toward recovery is a good attitude and faith (how can we possibly applaud that enough!). LeGrand seems to have the best environment for recovery, may God grant him the desire of his heart. Our prayers for a full recovery and a full life remain with Eric.

  7. burntorangehorn says: Apr 26, 2011 8:03 AM

    I don’t think any imaginary/invisible friend’s plan has anything to do with it, but I absolutely hope that LeGrand’s determination, personal will, and medical care land him back on his feet. Football is a collision sport, and some degree of risk is inherent, but obviously it’s terrible to see such a serious injury.

    Fans are pulling for you, Eric!

  8. Deb says: Apr 26, 2011 3:55 PM

    @burntorangehorn …

    Thankfully, in the United States, we’re all entitled to our individual belief systems and should be allowed to express those beliefs without being ridiculed. Although it’s become common on both PFT and CFT, it wasn’t necessary for you to mock LeGrand’s faith by referring to God as his imaginary/invisible friend. And frankly, I’ve come to expect better of you. Your post could simply have begun with “I absolutely hope” and omitted the snarky references. If LeGrand had said he was Muslim, I would not have posted my hope that Christ would heal his body and deliver him from spiritual error because that would have been uncalled for. I would simply have said he was in my prayers … just as you could simply have passed along your good wishes.

    In fact, there are many scientific studies showing that people who believe in a higher power–regardless of their spiritual background–who pray personally, and who solicit the prayers of others have better medical outcomes than those who don’t.

  9. southernpatriots says: Apr 26, 2011 4:18 PM

    Deb: To say thank you to you is an understatement on our part. We do not wish to restate what you have already written, but we thank God that you did write it. We are most certain some of us would not be here today if it weren’t for the intervention of an Almighty God, and certainly would not have faith for others except what Christ did for us all. We firmly respect others to believe as they will but what you have stated is stated so well. Thank you again.

    Our sister is still battling and doctors say the next couple of weeks or month will tell if she is pulling ahead. Our brother is doing better, recovering from very traumatic surgery. They are trying a new therapy to hopefully give him the ability live without pain and great discomfort. On my behalf, I am in need of a miracle of provision, or close, so I can continue my calling and life’s work so far. Sorry for being a little cryptic but this is so personal, please forgive me. Thank you again for your thoughtful and heartfelt posting.

  10. Deb says: Apr 26, 2011 7:00 PM

    @southernpatriots …

    You’re welcome. These are very difficult times for my family as well. I firmly believe in the right of individuals to choose their own path, but am thankful I don’t have to travel mine alone (though I sometimes stubbornly try). LeGrand’s comments were humbling and have probably touched many more people than he knows.

  11. southernpatriots says: Apr 26, 2011 8:21 PM

    @Deb: We all wholeheartedly agree (now that is somewhat unusual! ha.). We do not know where any of us would be if we did not know Jesus. LeGrand may not know now, but one day he will know how many hearts and how many people he touched with his determination to be better, so many more than he probably would have ever touched had he remained healthy and played well for 4 years. It is so strange how things happen like that. (well, really not strange after all!)

  12. southernpatriots says: Apr 26, 2011 10:10 PM

    Deb: I am sorry that I may have forgotten to post to you before but we are praying for your loved ones. I may have forgotten to post that to you because of all the situations we are experiencing. Some days all I do is pray, and many nights also. There is nothing I can do about certain things and even doctors can do so I know I can go to the Great Physician as well as The Healer Who is Christ and He can do it. There seem to be so many things beyond my control nowadays, so I pray alot. God bless you and keep you. God bless your family and keep them.

  13. burntorangehorn says: Apr 27, 2011 9:45 AM

    Deb–there have also been numerous scientific studies debunking the myth of better results due to positive thinking or spiritual beliefs.

    My comment was meant to highlight my belief that Eric and those treating him medically are the ones who’ll determine whether he’ll walk again. It’s the truth.

  14. Deb says: Apr 27, 2011 4:46 PM

    @burntorangehorn …

    Not aware of any credible studies reaching those conclusions, but this certainly is not the forum for such a debate … nor was it an appropriate place for you to highlight your beliefs. That young man has been through hell and this article is about his beliefs and those he’s trying to encourage. It’s not all about you.

    It would be nice if you were mature enough to simply wish him well without ridiculing him. Had he expressed atheistic beliefs and I came on to express lamentations for his lost soul, you would have had a hissy fit about me infringing on others’ rights and shoving my beliefs down their throats. Seems you might want to take a look at the beam in your own eye on that score … ah, but that phrase would have no meaning to you, would it?

  15. Deb says: Apr 27, 2011 4:54 PM

    @southernpatriots …

    Thank you so much for the prayers. Believe me, I understand what you’re saying. Fighting is draining but familiar. The more difficult challenge is learning to accept the things you cannot change, especially when it concerns the people you love.

  16. southernpatriots says: Apr 27, 2011 4:55 PM

    Deb: Your reply brought tears to our eyes. Thank you. You write with such clarity and humor (at least for those who know what you are writing and from whence it came). Thank you so much! We know that Eric LeGrand has a clear relationship with God and he is the focus here and his words resound to us all…

    “I hope I can inspire a lot of people to never stop believing,” LeGrand said. “I believe God’s plan is to make me walk again. He put me in this position to inspire people. …

    “This is a one-in-a-five-million injury. This doesn’t happen all over. There is a reason why this happened. I was picked for this to happened to. I believe God put me through this because he knows I can fight through this.”

    The words of Eric have inspired me when I was getting weary in fighting and have inspired my sister and brother as well. If Eric can have this wonderful attitude and spirit, we can too! Thank you again Deb. And thanks to Eric LeGrand and his wonderful testimony! Thanks to John Taylor who carefully and intentionally posted the words of Eric for all of us to read and be inspired by.

  17. Deb says: Apr 27, 2011 10:05 PM

    @southernpatriots …

    Thank you. I really appreciate John posting this story as well. It’s had a profound impact on me over the last couple of days. Right now I’m still numb after getting the call from my brother that his family in Tuscaloosa is okay. I didn’t see the reports until after he called and just feel too grateful for words.

  18. gatorprof says: Apr 27, 2011 10:32 PM

    speedel…classless, just classless.

    deb et al.,

    Incredible attitude in an incredibly difficult situation….only by grace.

  19. southernpatriots says: Apr 27, 2011 11:08 PM

    Deb: This is incredible. At the same time we heard that the storms were going through Tuscaloosa, I was praying for your family! Like I said before, there is little else I can do nowadays, so I pray alot. And you mentioned about prayer needed for your family and I was praying for them. In the midst of praying for them, the name Tuscaloosa came to me! Can’t really explain that, but that is wonderful!

    gatorprof: You are so right…only by grace. I am learning more about this day by day.

  20. Deb says: Apr 28, 2011 12:30 PM

    @gatorprof and southernpatriots …

    Always amazed by mysterious ways!

  21. southernpatriots says: Apr 28, 2011 1:01 PM

    Deb: Me, and us too! Leaves me speechless sometimes!

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