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My short bio:
Hey everyone! This is Eric LeGrand. In 2010, I wore the number 52 as a DT on the Rutgers University football team and I was paralyzed after making a tackle in a football game against Army.
I am now the proud founder of Team LeGrand, radio host and still rep #52. RU RAH RAH!
I’m here today to answer some of y’all’s questions so feel free to ask about my injury, paralysis, life in general or the fact that I bELieve that one day I will walk again. A little sports talk doesn’t hurt either.
Can’t wait to get started so…Ask Me Anything
Thank you all for tuning in to my Reddit. Hope I gave you guys some good insight on my life, my recovery and the future. I appreciate all of your support. bELieve me – it does not go unnoticed.
Remember, today is Giving Tuesday so support nonprofits and visit
Keep on supporting and keep on bELieving until that day comes. Love you all! Peace out homies.
Hi Eric, in Believe you wrote a lot about the role that Christian faith has played in your life since your injury. Does it still play a prominent role in your life today, and if so, in what ways?
Yes, I pray all the time and I'm so thankful for the blessings that God has put in my life. I will never take them for granted because the stuff that I see almost on a daily basis makes me realize how fortunate I really am, and to not complain but help where I can.
Hi Eric, my daughter Devon was paralyzed in a car accident Christmas 2009 at the age of 18. One of the toughest obstacles she faces is depression. Oddly enough, she's not depressed over her injury but more from lack of socialization. Friends stopped coming by and she doesn't get out much. How do you deal with those times when you feel down? She has tried making online friends her own age but misses the interaction. Any suggestions on how I can help her? She's been reading about your story and finds you to be an inspiration. If you look on YouTube under "used to be" Devon Hamilton you can learn a little about her as well. Thanks for any advice you can give us!
I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter. This injury never gets any easier to deal with. But there are so many resources. First, I would recommend connecting with the Reeve Foundation's Paralysis Resource Center and requesting a peer mentor. Someone who is around your daughter's age and is living with paralysis. Second, I would ask the PRC about facilities in your area that may have activities or physical therapy to get her out of the house and moving around. The people I have met at Kessler rehab, I consider a lot of them my best friends. Please tell your daughter to connect with me on Facebook and Twitter. I would be happy to help where I can. This injury may not get easier, but there is hope.
Big E! Rutgers Class of 2009 alum here! Upstream Red Team!
What are your feelings about regenerative medicine (e.g. - stem cell therapy, synthetic nerves, etc.)? Is it something you, your family, and your physicians are considering as this technology and approach matures?
I'm currently a PhD student in molecular biology, and our lab studies a set of genetic bone diseases. It's been inspiring to see our patient community, keeps me motivated to work hard in the lab. And I'm always inspired by you, keeps me motivated as well.
I have huge hope that regenerative medicine will help get me out of my chair someday. But until I know 100% that it's going to work I am not trying anything right now. There's so much happening in research and I believe that there will be a breakthrough very soon. I'm trying to raise funds for The Big Idea (
Eric - longtime RU fan and big supporter of yours. Can you update us on how your recovery is going? Do you still have breakthroughs? How do you stay motivated when it seems like you are doing so much work for what may be little gains? Keep it up!!! BELIEVE!!!
Yes, I am working on a lot with a lot of stim on my back and trunk by using a standing frame to try to help balance myself as much as possible. I have recovered movement in my shoulders, my trunk. I have full range of motion in my neck. And even get some fingers to twitch every now and then. Every day, I'm hopeful for more breakthroughs, which is why it is so important to keep focused on the future and advancing research for spinal cord injuries. There's no such thing as little gains or little wins - everything leads to the big victory of getting out of my chair.
Rutgers student here - do you think Flood was doomed from the moment the scandal involving him going to a teacher came out? And who do you think should replace him?
He put himself in a tough situation since everything went so public. It was hard for the university not to react to it.
Hey Eric! A fellow Rutgers grad here. So I gotta ask, what do you think about Barchi's decision to get rid of Coach Flood? And do you think Coach Schiano is coming back?
I think it was really tough because I really do like Coach Flood. But in this generation of football, it seems like if you aren't getting 10 plus wins per year, you're gone. We shall see...
Eric, you've been a huge inspiration! It was great to see you on the ESPYs and elsewhere.
My question: Can you describe the moments right before and right after the injury? What did you think/feel as it was happening? Perhaps a stupid question, but did it "hurt" in the traditional sense of stubbing your toe or twisting your ankle, or was it more surreal?
Right before, I was just trying to make a big play because of the situation of the game we were in. Not thinking about getting hurt at all. Then to right after, not knowing if I was going to be living to see another day. Honestly, I felt no pain at all, which I am kinda happy about because I can imagine how excruciating it could have been. I did have trouble breathing which was the scariest moment of my life.
Whats up E, It's your old intern Ed. Just wanted to say hello and ask what your favorite dish at Jose Tejas is? Also how you feeling about Brock at QB in Denver. Hope all is well.
What's up bro! And I gotta go with the chicken quesadillas with only chicken and cheese with a side of fries. you know I'm extra picky lol. As long as my Broncos are winning I'm happy.
Eric you have plenty of supporters, who's the one you were the most starstruck by?
Yes I have met a lot of people. But the only person I have been in the presence of twice and have yet to go up to him because I was starstruck is Michael Jordan.
Let's settle the important questions.
Where exactly are the borders for South/Central/North Jersey?
Hoagie or Subs
Pork Roll or Taylor Ham
Best Restaurant in Central Jersey?
Hey Eric! Thanks so much for being so vocal and positive. It's such an inspiration!
I'm a diehard Bucs fan, and proud to call you a former Buc. Do you follow the team at all, still? Or has Coach Schiano's departure led you to not caring (or possibly even disliking) the Buccaneers?
I definitely am proud to call myself a former Buc. And I do keep up with the team checking to see if they're winning and whatnot, even though I am a die hard Denver Broncos fan. But the Buccaneers will always have a place in my heart.
Hi Eric, what do you miss the most since your injury?
Not being able to take care of myself is definitely the hardest. And also not being able to regulate my body temperature, which means most of the time I am very cold and living up here in Jersey isn't always the ideal temperature.
Hey Eric! What are some organizations that are raising money for spinal cord injury research? Which ones do you support and how can we get involved?
I support my foundation, Team LeGrand of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. You can get involved by going to
Hey Eric. You're story has always been an inspiration. I love watching your broadcasting career grow. Did you always have an interest in broadcasting, or did that grow out of an interest in staying connected to football and the program?
My dream was always to have a long career in the NFL, retire and become a sports broadcaster. My favorite people growing up to watch were Chris Berman and Kirk Herbstreit.
It seems like Rutgers has been behind you the entire time. Do you ever see yourself working in some capacity with the football team in the future?
Yes, they have always had my back through everything and I can't thank them enough. I really enjoyed working on the Rutgers Radio Network with them as I expand my broadcasting career.
Who would you put in the top 4 if the College Football Playoffs started today and who will would win it all?
Die hard Broncos fan? You think Peyton's done for the season (which would presumably be his career)? Is it time to hand over the reigns to Brock?
I love Peyton Manning and I want him to come back and be successful, again. I want him to go out kind of like Ray Lewis did. But, if Brock keeps on winning I am very happy with that, as long as we get a ring at the end. Bring the Lombardi back to Denver lol
Do you still enjoy football? I know personally there are two or three hits/injuries a year where I genuinely think I might have seen someone die on live television. It's weird to enjoy a game so much, but not know morally if I should even be watching it. Just wondering if your experience being so critically injured in a game has changed your appreciation or fandom of the sport.
I love being around the game of football. Football has made me into the person I am today. When it's football season, my excitement for life goes up even more. Gotta love football Saturdays and Sundays. Every time I see an injury I always pray for the person because I know how serious they can be. Safety is important and the game is doing everything it can to make it more safe.
What's you're favorite Grease Truck and sandwhich?
Even though I do have one named after me and didn't eat 5 of them in 45 minutes, sssshhhhh don't tell anybody haha... but my favorite one is the Fat Bedi Boy no marinara sauce with ketchup. That consists of a cheeseburger, mozzarella sticks, grilled chicken, french fries and ketchup.
Eric, hailing from central NJ like you, which is your favorite mall and why? Woodbridge, Menlo, Freehold, or Bridgewater?
Keep chopping dude!
I gotta go with my hometown Woodbridge since it's only 5 mins. away from my house.
Was you ever depressed when you got paralyzed? If so, how did you find the strength and courage to stay positive? I was depressed for a long time and finally beat it last year or so.
No I've never been depressed from this injury. I think about people that have it 10 times worse than I do which keeps me positive and motivated to help where I can help and live life to the fullest. I also have a great support system with my family, friends and people I don't even know who send messages of encouragement.
I met your dad a few years ago, we had a mutual friend. He was a really great guy and seemed so proud of you! I can tell where you get your positive spirit from.
How important has your family been in achieving your success?
My family is everything. This injury has brought us all so much closer. Makes me realize everything happens for a reason.
Hey Eric, inspired by all that you do. Can you comment on the role physical therapy has played in your recovery? Thank you very much for all that you do !!
Therapy has been great. It's played a huge role in my recovery. Without the NeuroRecovery Network, I don't know how much progress I honestly would have made. I still see recoveries to this day.
It's always great to see you on TV with such a great message to everyone. Thanks for being so positive.
Have you worked with the WM Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at RU for research on spinal cord injury?
I donate money that I raise at my walk every year to his work and I really respect everything he does.
Proud Scarlet Knight here! RU RAH RAH! Keep up all the positivity...
What has been the best and worst advice you have heard since your injury?
The best advice? Live life to the fullest without letting the injury hold me back from doing what I want to do. The worst advice was telling me that I wouldn't be able to do stuff and to get used to it.
Do you think college football will always be around? I feel like we're starting to see the beginning of the end, for better or for worse, due to the issues faced later in life to people who have suffered one or more concussions and/or sub-concussive hits, injuries to the spine and neck, paralysis, etc. What are your thoughts on improving player safety and how the football community can accomplish that?
Nah, college football makes way too much money for universities to just disappear. The football world is doing everything they can right now to help with injuries and making it safer. But football is a violent game and every player knows it.
Hello Eric. As a Tulane grad, I was wondering if you've ever met Devon Walker? All the best to you.
I've yet to meet him but my mom has talked on the phone with his mom a few times after the injury. Hoping one day to get down to NOLA and connect with him.
Hi, Eric. Thanks for being here today. Is there is a particular thought, quotation or individual that offers you solace or encouragement?
My second question: would you be willing to be interviewed by our nonprofit, HelpHOPELive? We help people with spinal cord injuries to fundraise for their medical expenses. We try to offer advice, tips and encouragement to people with spinal cord injuries or catastrophic illnesses on our Blog and would love to get your firsthand perspective to share with our followers.
Christopher Reeve once said, "I dream of a world with empty wheelchairs." I dream the same thing each and every day and I bELieve it will happen in my lifetime.
I've heard of you guys through the Paralysis Resource Center. Thank you for all that you do and please reach out to email@example.com and I'd be happy to offer my perspective.
What is your pump up song?
I have many many pump up songs that make me want to run through a brick wall. But I would have to say Lil Wayne, Sky is the Limit.
Hi Eric, Rutgers alum here. Just want to say that I was at the game where your number was retired and it was one of the most touching moments I've ever seen. What are your professional plans for the future?
I want to keep on expanding my broadcasting career to hopefully make it on College Game Day one day. And I also want to travel the world with my motivational speaking career, especially once I get up and walking. I will always put Team LeGrand first and keep focus on fundraising for cures for spinal cord injury.
Do you do any therapy of the non-physical variety to help keep you motivated and focused / deal with the really tough days?
My mental stimulation is travelling to somewhere warm and living the dream. I know I'm very lucky, I have incredible opportunities and there are always tough days. But I have a great support system. It's hard to be down with everything I have going on. I am blessed.
Ayyy Big E, I always wondered..how do you type during the AMAs and such? You're always so active on social media!
Question 2: Have you gotten a chance to met Patrick Hobbs the new RU AD? What is our impression of him?
As always #KeepChoppin #bELieve52
I use a universal mounting system which attaches to the arm of my wheelchair. Then velcro my cellphone to the mount. I put a stylus pen in my mouth and go to town lol. Most people living with paralysis will use a stylus pen or dictation software. People don't realize how helpful social media is to someone living with a disability. It allows us to connect with family, friends and supporters.
Youve done an awesome job on the Rutgers radio broadcasts. If you were to broadcast another sport which would say is your second choice?
Hmmmm... I know in baseball you have to fill a lot of time in so I would have a lot of stories to tell. haha
How has your life changed for the positive or negative since your accident?
What's your NFL playoff predication from wildcard on? Who you got winning it all?
Coolest person you ever got to meet?
Have you ever been starstruck?
There's so many positives it's hard to keep track, which is a great thing. Negative thing is that I have to learn patience lol. I know I'm lucky to have so many opportunities and positive moments in my life. My NFL prediction will always be the Denver Broncos winning it all. I've been starstruck a few times. Lil Wayne was definitely one of the coolest. And Beyonce.
Erin Andrews once told a story about how she was feeling sorry for herself on her birthday, but got a call from you and you made her feel better. Do you guys still keep in touch?
Yes, Erin is a great friend and my first actual celebrity tweet when I created Twitter. She reached right out.
Eric- Huge fan here. You are a big inspiration to me and a lot of other people.
How is the progress of finding a cure so people that are paralyzed can walk one day?
Right now there's so much progress with The Big Idea and epidural stimulation. It's helped four guys move their legs again and stand and even restore functions like temperature regulation, bowel, bladder and sexual function. I have no doubt that more treatments are on the way. In the meantime, there are resources through the Reeve Foundation like the Paralysis Resource Center (
Eric, is there a form of therapy that you enjoy more than others and one in particular you really would like to try but haven't had the opportunity to yet?
I do enjoy the NeuroRecovery Network mostly because I am up on my feet in a harness and it feels like I am walking again. It's called locomotor training and I saw huge recovery from that therapy by doing over 500 sessions. Most people do not have the opportunity to have so many sessions or even access this type of therapy which is why I stay focused on Team LeGrand so that we can raise funds and bring this therapy to anyone who needs it.
Fellow Rutgers grad here, you're an inspiration man.
A question for you - what are Chris Carlin and Ray Lucas like off-air? Ray doesn't hide his bias very well during broadcasts (which is awesome) but Chris tries to be at least neutral as he calls the game.
Was there ever a time where Chris let loose about a call or play after you guys cut to commercials?
I look forward to working with them every game because there is never a dull moment and I pretty much am belly laughing every time we go off of air at Ray and at Chris trying to control Ray. It is amazing. That needs to be on reality TV haha.
Hey Eric, throughout your recovery process what would say was or is the toughest part of it all and how do you manage to stay as positive as you always seem to be?
It is definitely dealing with the cold - I can't regulate my body temperature as a result of my spinal cord injury. It is a minute by minute thing so I'm always looking for 70 plus degree weather or travelling with a portable heater.
I stay so positive because of all the opportunities in my life and all the people who look up to me. I take this on as a responsibility to be that person they can look up to in tough times.
Hey Eric, as a fellow Scarlet Knight Grad I'd like to say thanks for doing this!!!! My question is what do you think is your best accomplishment to date? Thanks again!
Graduating from RU baby!
I know you're a Broncos fan, and the Bucs have done good things for you... So,
If Broncos and Buccaneers play each other, who are you rooting for??
Broncos all day baby.
Eric : (I'm an RU alum too!) Many of your former teammates have expressed incredible admiration for you - rightly so. Which of your former teammates (Either high school or college) do YOU admire most and why?
I don't know if I have a specific player, but the best part about my teammates is how we can all come back for a game, practice or at someone's event for their foundation and it's like we never missed a beat. And that's across all ages. We truly consider ourselves R family.
Osweiler or Manning??
I'm Team Manning but I'm not upset about getting Ws with Osweiler.
Hi Eric, thanks for doing this AMA!
You mentioned that you will walk again and I'm rooting for you. We all know that if natural recover didn't occur chances are slim. What is going to get you up and walking again ? Epi-stim from CDRF or is there something else you keep your eye on? May science and your efforts to get money for research help all living with paralysis.
Epi stim from the Reeve Foundation are helping people get up out of their chairs and would improve my life considerably. But there is so much excitement in the field that I know there are cures within reach.
Yeah, that's a great race. Wings for Life is a great organization. If you find yourself in Jersey in June, definitely hit up Team LeGrand's A Walk to Believe.
Do you think that the playoff format should be expanded to 6 0r 8 teams? And how would the playoff bids work if they did expand? Also, I love listening to you on SiriusXM.
If they were to expand, only to 6 teams so the first two could have a bye. And we can get more teams in there which means more college football games.
What advice would you give to someone like Devon Gales who suffered an injury similar to yours?
Stay positive. Lean on your support system even when you may not want to be bothered. You'll eventually realize the people that really want to help you in life and that's one of the most important things.
Hey, Eric! Alum and fan here. Your unrelenting positivity continues to be hugely inspiring. What's you favorite NJ day trip? Keep choppin!
Nothing like being able to go down the shore on a nice summer day.
Hey Eric - I remember your injury, and have been very impressed by your positivity and strides since then. I follow you on Twitter.
Question is, did you pull a lot of tail at Rutgers before your injury? How were the girls at Rutgers?
My mom just read that, lololol