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Paralyzed Rutgers Defensive Tackle Believes He Will Walk Again - featured May 2, 2011

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[Source: NY Daily News]

Eric LeGrand still occasionally takes a peek at the video of his worst nightmare. He still finds it difficult to believe it's him lying motionless on the field at the Meadowlands. He was supposed to be indestructible.

One step left, one step right and life might not have changed as dramatically as it did for Rutgers' 6-2, 275 pound junior defensive tackle last Oct. 16.

The 20-year-old, soft spoken LeGrand was paralyzed from the neck down, fracturing his C-3 and C-4 vertebrae while making a tackle on special teams in a game against Army.

Instead of playing football, these days he is restricted to a specially motorized wheel-chair that is controlled by his mouth movement. He is living with his mother, aunt and uncle and their family in an attractive two-story home at the top of a hill of a wooded community in Jackson, in central New Jersey. Outside, his cousins are shooting hoops in the driveway.

LeGrand would love to do that, and he has enough faith to believe he someday will.

"I believe I will walk one day," he said Monday. "I believe it. God has a plan for me and I know it's not to be sitting here all the time. I know he has something better planned for me."

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