PISCATAWAY TOWNSHIP - Former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand says he still thinks about how life could be different if he hadn't made the tackle that left him paralyzed from the neck down. But he says he can sleep at night because of the impact he's made.
News 12 caught up with LeGrand at his fourth annual Walk to Believe. It was part fundraiser, part celebratory barbecue at Highpoint Solutions Stadium.
LeGrand is just as determined as ever in the fight to one day get out of his wheelchair for good. "It's been 3 1/2 years now," he said. "I want to get up on my feet. I can't rush it. I know God has a purpose for this."
Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood remembers that optimistic attitude from LeGrand's playing days.
His physical therapists are pushing him to keep at it. They say he's made a lot of improvements in his sitting balance, especially considering his level on injury.
"It's been a little bit slower than what I would've wanted it to be, but I can only control what I can control," LeGrand says.
All proceeds from today's walk will go to Team LeGrand of the Reeve Foundation to help research an improvement for people with spinal cord injuries.