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Updated: Eric LeGrand on injured Tulane DB: ‘right now, he is in shock’

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Updated 11:30 p.m. ET: Per the Associated Press, Devon Walker underwent spine stabilizing surgery on Sunday. Dr. Greg Stewart said Walker is in stable condition and will remain in intensive care over the next few days.

“These kind of injuries take 24, 48, sometimes 72 hours to fully declare themselves,” Stewart said before the surgery. “We don’t know what the long-term implications and outcomes are going to be.”


Most of us will never know or understand what has been going through the mind of Tulane defensive back Devon Walker, who sustained a fractured spine during Saturday’s game against Tulsa.

Walker, a senior, is set for surgery in the coming days. Doctors will not speculate on the extent of his injury, but Walker is currently in stable condition.

There is, however, one person who understands Walker’s situation: former Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand. A collision in a 2010 game against Army left LeGrand paralyzed from the neck down. Since then, his story and rehabilitation has been an inspiration to the college football world.

Right now, he is in shock,” LeGrand said of Walker to the USA Today. “He has no idea what is going to happen to his body or how his life is going to change. Basically everything that is unknown is so scary. It’s one of the scariest things in life because you have no idea where your life is about to take you.”

LeGrand added that the best thing Walker can do is stay positive and surround himself with positive people. LeGrand also plans to reach out to both Walker and his Green Wave teammates at some point in the near future. Things are still somber at Tulane. Per WVUE in New Orleans, Tulane has cancelled its football practice for today.

But to have that voice that understands what Walker is feeling will no doubt help him in his road to recovery.

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20 Responses to “Updated: Eric LeGrand on injured Tulane DB: ‘right now, he is in shock’”
  1. cometkazie says: Sep 9, 2012 6:58 PM

    Eric LeGrand is one of the good guys.

  2. ningenito78 says: Sep 9, 2012 7:01 PM

    Come on, Devon. We’re all rooting and praying for you. One step at a time. Keep chopping kid.

  3. unclejerrytheticklemaster says: Sep 9, 2012 7:25 PM

    Shut up you “Know-It-All”! I guess we’re going to hear from your ass every time someone snaps their neck?

    Do us a favor and roll off into the deep end of the pool!

  4. thraiderskin says: Sep 9, 2012 7:28 PM

    If the news is bad for this kid, I hope LeGrand can find the time to help him push forward.

  5. angelfanforlife says: Sep 9, 2012 7:47 PM

    Really unclejerrythetickelmonster? Your name should be unclejerrytheprick!!,

  6. buccobruce40 says: Sep 9, 2012 7:52 PM


    Between your log in name and comment, enjoy your time in hell.

  7. angelfanforlife says: Sep 9, 2012 7:57 PM

    Thoughts and prayers to this young man and his family!!

  8. unclejerrytheticklemaster says: Sep 9, 2012 8:01 PM

    Look on the bright side…3 injuries away from a wheelchair basketball team. Until then maybe they can be tennis doubles partners? Think positive guys!!

  9. buckeye94 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:04 PM

    Gota love Eric legrand. Was happy when the bucs signed him jus cuz they could. There’s good people n bad people. Eric is a good guy. The bad guys like jerry go to hell. As for unclejerrytheticklemonster you madam can go suck a dick you hoe

  10. John Taylor says: Sep 9, 2012 8:34 PM

    “Look on the bright side…”

    And that bright side would also include the words “buh” and “bye.”


  11. southernpatriots says: Sep 9, 2012 8:46 PM

    JT: Thank you.

    Eric Legrand is a class young man. He has worked so hard to rehab and through the many discouragements which happen daily, he has maintained a positive attitude and is an inspiration to many men and women we have visited with spinal injuries. They bring up Eric and sometimes have a photo of Eric which he has signed in their hospital room in a frame that they take from rehab to therapy to home and back again.

    When an associate requested that Eric sign a photo that he was going to bring to a young man who suffered a similar spinal trauma as did Eric, Eric not only signed a photo but called the young man on the phone and spoke with him. That brings tears to my eyes. Eric is a class man.

    With all the support from his family and friends, the care of the doctors, surgeons, nurses, and staff and all the prayers requested by Devon’s family and all those we know are praying for him, I believe Devon will make it through these challenging days.

    May Eric continue to be such an inspiration. May Devon receive the very best of care and rehab and walk again and fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with both.

  12. Revolution22 says: Sep 9, 2012 9:12 PM

    Nobody need pay any attention to UncleJerry. She’ll get hers. Whether it be in a month, a year, 5 years, or when she takes her last breath, and is finally judged, she’ll get hers.

    Excellent words by LeGrand.

  13. ningenito78 says: Sep 9, 2012 9:26 PM

    Mr. Taylor thank you for getting rid of that douschenozzle.

    On another note I was at the game that Eric Legrand was paralyzed. It affected me profoundly. I remember seeing the reaction of Coach Schiano and Eric’s mother on the field and knowing something was different that time. I haven’t watched football the same since. It was a moment in my life that I’ll never forget. From seeing what was happening to the crowd seemingly being oblivious to it, it all felt so surreal. So everybody please….if you would do so normally, say a prayer for Devon. I am an RN and work for a paraplegic woman. This stuff hits me at my core and I’m sure it does for the rest of you. As much as I love football and everything it stands for, this is something that brings it all back home. So everyone pray or whatever it is that you do that Devon Walker will be able to walk again. God bless.

  14. gmenfan1982 says: Sep 9, 2012 11:12 PM

    Class act Legrand. Class act. I’m proud to know that a great person like him came out of the same university as me.

  15. bleedburgandyandgold says: Sep 10, 2012 2:12 AM

    I’m not a big prayer type guy but I’ve said a couple for Devon and his family good luck buddy hang in there and keep your head up! And John thnx for ridding us of one of the lowest life forms on the planet!

  16. florida727 says: Sep 10, 2012 9:35 AM

    As angered as I too am by the comments of the idiot that JT graciously removed from here, I feel sorry for him/her/it also. Imagine how pathetic, unfulfilled, hate-ridden, angry, etc., of a life a person like that must live. Really, think about it… how would you feel if your mom just kicked you out of her basement? What a jerk-off.

    On a more serious note, thanks to Eric. He’s clearly found his mission in life, to be an inspiration to others that suffer traumatic, life-altering events. It’s a blessing to have people like Eric around that can provide hope and a bright light when the circumstances are darkest. God bless you, Eric. Ignore the idiot haters. Your work is needed.

  17. tigersgeaux says: Sep 10, 2012 10:19 AM

    My prayers are with Devon as his family requested. I hope and pray he receives the best care and walks again and his healthy, fully recovered.

    I have followed Eric for some time now. What a great inspiration. I am sure he can give Devon some encouragement and words of experience and wisdom.

    florida727: What poster did JT remove. I am likely missing something here, but are you referring to the post by unclejerrytheticklemaster which currently is listed and has 81 thumbs down on the first and 43 thumbs down on the second? Who was removed as of my posting time?

  18. gogatorsjohn says: Sep 10, 2012 2:46 PM

    Yeah that guy/girl/it was removed

  19. Legion Of Boom says: Sep 11, 2012 10:43 PM

    Everytime I hear or read a story about LeGrand, the more he really impresses me. Praying Devon can make a great recovery.

  20. southernpatriots says: Sep 13, 2012 7:25 AM

    Fellow seniors at Tulane have printed t-shirts and wrist bands with Devon’s number 18 with all net proceeds going to the fund to help with medical and care expenses. Shirts are being sold for $20. If a shirt is purchased, a wrist band is enclosed free. Wristbands may also be purchased separately for $5. Rally and sales of shirts will held at Tulane LBC/Quad.

    Pre-orders of shirts can be made online at click the link provided on site page.

    Prayer vigils are ongoing throughout New Orleans and around the area, as we also continue to pray for Devon as his parents Booker and Inez have requested.

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