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Paralyzed Rutgers Football Player LeGrand Begins Taking Courses Via Skype

NEW EGYPT, N.J. (CBS 2) Eric LeGrand is on the move and continues to beat the odds.

The former Rutgers defense tackle will be taking two classes this summer via Skype from his home in New Egypt. However, he plans to catch some sessions in person at the university.

LeGrand’s mother, Karen, helped him set up a computer to Skype with an African Studies class on Rutgers’ campus in New Brunswick.

“There’s no stopping me,” LeGrand told CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez. “Trying to live my life to the best of my abilities right now.”

By fall, LeGrand hopes to be back on campus for a full course load.

After getting paralyzed from the neck down after making a tackle last October, the 20-year-old wonder welcomes the challenges to learn.

“A lot of hard effort in different ways of reading now, just flipping the page with my hands I’m going to need somebody to help me. In the end I’m going get it done so I can get my degree,” LeGrand said.

While in therapy on Wednesday, LeGrand said that with an anti-gravity belt, he was able to move his right arm.

“Try to move something every day. If I can’t, I know one day it’s going to happen so I’m waiting for that ‘a-ha’ moment,” he said.

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  1. Chris Flapp says:

    You are an inspiration to mankind. I pray for your recovery every night.

  2. Vicki Simmons in Colorado says:

    I’m so proud of you, Eric. You inspire me every single day.

  3. John Gray says:


    John G.

  4. Dawne says:

    Eric you are truly a role model!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! May your adversity make you stronger for it is working in the lives of others! U r the meaning of hope!!! I have been praying and speaking scriptures over you since your accident (i have your name over my computer–so I will always think about you everyday).
    May God continue to give you strength, a peace of mind, joy, abundance, love and a positive faithfilled outlook, until you are healed:)


  5. Zebula says:

    What an awesome young man!

  6. Mountain Man says:

    He is an amazing young man; however, it appears from the photo that he is a quadriplegic. That, my friends, makes him even more amazing.

  7. Kelly says:

    Thank you for inspiring me. You motivate me to do more with my life. God bless you and your family with faith, hope and love during what I’m sure will be a temporary recovery. 😉

  8. Kathryn says:

    What an amazing young man.

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