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    Eric LeGrand

    Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, New Jersey

    The first thing you notice about Eric LeGrand is his smile. It’s a warm, engaging smile that reflects a quiet maturity and deep inner strength. It also belies a fierce determination to overcome a devastating spinal cord injury. During a Rutgers University football game, Eric, a standout defenseman, tackled an opposing player then fell to the ground motionless. He was rushed to Hackensack University Medical Center, where doctors diagnosed a C3-C4 injury. Paralyzed from his neck down and on a ventilator, Eric was not about to be defeated. When he was well enough, he was transferred to Kessler’s Center for Spinal Cord Rehabilitation for an intensive program. He believed that he would beat the odds and breathe on his own. He believed that he would regain sensation and function. And he believes that one day he will walk.  While Eric continues his studies at Rutgers, he has embarked on the next stage of his career: sports analyst covering college football on TV and radio. “My dream was to play professionally and then go into broadcasting. And while I may not be in uniform, I’ll always be in the game.”


    Learn more about Kessler’s Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program.


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