Found July 09, 2012 on BeyondUSports:

Eric LeGrand to Appear in New Subway Ads

Eric LeGrand has seen more in the last few years than most have seen in a lifetime.

Two years ago, the former Rutgers defensive lineman’s life changed forever as he attempted to make a tackle against Army.  During this play, LeGrand suffered a severe injury and became paralyzed from the neck down.

That terrible tragedy hasn’t stopped LeGrand from living his life, though.   According to reports, LeGrand has filmed commercials with New York Giants star Justin Tuck for the Subway sandwich franchise that will begin to air in the coming weeks.

Of the commercials, LeGrand commented,

“I am grateful for the opportunities.  I gain additional inspiration and motivation from that as I train to achieve my next goal.”

The training to which he’s referring is his physical rehabilitation to learn how to walk again.  He’s made great progress so far as he’s regained feeling in parts of his body and has gained the ability to stand on his own with the help of a metal frame.

What’s almost as impressive as his physical rehabilitation is how he’s continued to live his life as productively as any able-bodied individual.  Before LeGrand made these commercials, former Rutgers and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano helped make one of LeGrand’s life-long dreams come true.

In May, Schiano surprised LeGrand by offering him a contract to be a member of the Buccaneers.  Obviously, this gesture was symbolic from a coach to his former player, but it still serves as an inspiration.

The attitude that LeGrand has maintained ever since his accident has been truly remarkable.  His accomplishments have inspired millions of handicapped individuals.

Weaker men would have given up on life after such a tragedy.  Instead, LeGrand has made it his mission to let nothing stop him, as he continues to live life to the fullest and as he works toward the day when he can achieve his ultimate goal of walking on his own accord.

Based on the determination he has shown to date, the odds may be shifting in his favor.  Don’t bet against him.

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