RAHWAY — On Friday, Feb. 21, Eric LeGrand, former Rutgers football player, will return to Rahway High School to share his powerful story with members of the senior class and the Rahway community. LeGrand, who lives in neighboring Colonia, is making his second visit to the school.
Injured at a 2010 Rutgers game against Army, with paralysis from the neck down, Eric has overcome many serious challenges. Just a month after his injury, he weaned himself from a ventilator. A few months later he regained use of his shoulders and sensations throughout his body.
In 2012, his former Rutgers coach, Greg Schiano, who had become coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, signed LeGrand to a symbolic professional contract. Just last month, he graduated from Rutgers and began a career as a professional sportscaster, including several appearances during the recent Super Bowl week.
Recently, he and Michael Yorkey wrote his story in the book, Believe: My Faith and the Tackle That Changed My Life. The Rahway event will be held in high school auditorium at 10 a.m.
School Social Worker Devi Misir, back left, Adriana Angrisani, LeGrand, Chassidy Medina, back right, and Ajia Brown, front right, enjoy meeting during LeGrand’s visit to Rahway High School last year.
Football Assistant Coach and School Assistance Counselor William Picone presented a plaque to LeGrand during his visit to Rahway High School last year.