Paralyzed football player Eric LeGrand to lead Rutgers on field against West Virginia


Eric LeGrand will make an emotional return to the field when he leads Rutgers onto the field for Saturday’s game against West Virginia. (Mel Evans/AP)

LeGrand suffered a two fractured vertebrae and was paralyzed from the neck down when he collided with and Army player during a game on Oct. 16, 2010.

After months of rehabilitation at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in Mechanicsburg, Penn. West Orange, N.J., the defensive tackle regained movement in his shoulders and feeling throughout his body.

LeGrand still has a long way to go in his recovery, but his progress to this point has been nothing short of remarkable.

The 21-year-old currently serves as an analyst on the Rutgers Radio Network and will be featured on ABC’s television broadcast of Saturday’s game.

More coverage of Eric LeGrand from The Washington Post:

1/7/11 — LeGrand regains sensation throughout his body

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10/22/10 — Paralyzed Rutgers player Eric LeGrand has outpouring of support

10/18/10 — Rutgers player paralyzed from neck down, begins his recovery

10/17/10 — Rutgers tackle Eric LeGrand suffers spinal cord injury, has no movement below neck

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.

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