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It's no secret how much I admire Rutgers football player, Eric LeGrand. Believe me, I understand entirely that there are countless individuals who have a story to tell, but there is a reason for why I am so drawn to LeGrand.
It's not because he's a Jersey kid just like me. It's not because I'm a huge football fan. It's not even because I met him over the summer (though that was pretty awesome!) It's because this guy, to me at least, is trying to do for the paralysis community what Christopher did when he was first injured. I wasn't old enough to remember the impact of Christopher's accident when it occured (hey, I'm only 24 now!) but I can attest to seeing this fire in LeGrand that shines.
LeGrand has this spirit about him that is simply unexplainable. But I believe that Steve Politi said it best in a special feature for CNN...
In this dark and dismal year for college sports, when each scandal seems worse than the next, inspiration arrives in a motorized wheelchair.
In a month when Penn State is dealing with child sex abuse charges against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, the fallout bringing down longtime head coach Joe Paterno and the university president, a reason to still believe in what's good about college football will never play another down again.
His name is Eric LeGrand, and you'll find him Saturday on the field at Rutgers Stadium in New Jersey. He will be honored at the team's annual Senior Day before a game against Cincinnati, and the expected crowd of more than 50,000 will no doubt save the loudest cheers for him.
Read about LeGrand's shining light.
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