Saturday, September 14, 2013

Eric LeGrand's Speech Today

Here it is as it was seen from the stands (specifically, from Section 109):

 Of course, the bigger occasion will be when Eric LeGrand's number is unretired, when he can walk again, when he can live his dream of going back to MetLife Stadium and getting up from the spot where he fell and finish the play that changed his life. I'm not surprised that he spent a large section of this day prepared to honor him to speak not about himself, but about others who have been paralyzed and are going through what he's going through with less notoriety.

As inspiring as Eric LeGrand is and has been since the injury that put him in a wheelchair, I was also inspired by the fans at Rutgers Stadium this afternoon, none of whom rushed to the restrooms and concession stands at halftime of the Rutgers - Eastern Michigan game, and with Coach Kyle Flood, who stayed on the field at halftime to introduce Eric, present Eric with his ceremonial sword, unveil his number high above the stadium, and present a film of Eric's friends and former teammates around the country. I'm sure that the current Scarlet Knights in the locker room didn't mind that their coach delayed his time with them. They were still able to play a solid second half and win 28-10 without his undivided attention at halftime.

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