Eric LeGrand was paralyzed nearly one year ago after making a tackle against Army. But since then, he has made dramatic strides in his recovery.
He knows one day he will walk again.
Ralph Russo of The Associated Press did a wonderful article looking at how the Rutgers player has handled the past year. Here is a little excerpt:
Believing is a big part of LeGrand's life.
In the two-bedroom apartment where he and his mother, Karen LeGrand, live in Woodbridge, about a mile away from the home where he grew up in Avenel -- which is being rebuilt to accommodate him -- there is a wood carving of BELIEVE on the TV stand.
The art work on the living room wall, BELIEVE.
On the front of his mom's black shirt, BELIEVE in red letters with LeGrand's number, 52.
Eric LeGrand believes he will walk again.
"When I get better ...."
He says that a lot. Never if. When.
Karen LeGrand would have it no other way.
"We have faith and we pray and we know in the long run -- we don't know how long it's going to be -- but in the long run he's going to be OK," she says. "He's going to be fine. He's going to walk and he's going to do great things. And he's going to do great things in the interim as well."
LeGrand is active on Twitter, and posts updates on his progress. To follow him, he is @BigE52_RU.