Last Saturday, there was little to celebrate for Rutgers in their 23-20 victory over Army at the New Meadowlands Stadium.
The game took a back seat with 5:10 to go in regulation when defensive tackle Eric LeGrande was paralyzed after attempting to tackle an Army player. He was rushed to the ICU at Hackensack University Medical Center where he had emergency surgery to stabilize his spinal cord.
It is still unclear at this point whether he can fully recover, although LeGrande has been responsive at times and knows the tough road ahead. The 72-hour window that paralyzed people have is tomorrow, and the college football world is holding their collective breath.
“Eric’s spirits were as good as you can expect,” said Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano, who visited with him before and after surgery. “He was cognizant of me being there, his mom, everybody. “He’s a fighter.”
The Scarlet Knights (4-2, 1-0 in Big East) returned to the practice field today for the first time since the incident. The team will surely have a lot on their mind as they prepare for their Big East showdown with Pittsburgh this Saturday, but they know that Legrande would want them to give it all they got.
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Written by Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan is a Staten Island, NY native who recently graduated SUNY-Cortland majoring in sport management. At Cortland, he was the sports editor of the student-run newspaper The Dragon Chronicle for both his junior and senior year. He interned for the sports producer and sports anchor Bruce Beck at WNBC-4 Sports in New York City for their 6:00 and 11:00 news programs. Also, he interned this summer for the New York Jets as a sports writer for their website during their training camp which was shown on HBO's Hard Knocks program. Assignments included writing feature stories that were included on both newyorkjets.com and the Jets Playbook given out to the fans at the game. Chris is a Yankees, Giants, Knicks and Rangers fan.