Have you ever heard the phrase "Nothing goes wrong, we just go wrong with it"? Eric is one example of one person going right when everything seems to have gone wrong.
Even though it's symbolic and "there's no money involved," Eric LeGrand told CNN over the weekend that he's thrilled to be on the roster of an NFL team.
The former Rutgers defensive tackle, who was partially paralyzed in 2010 when he injured his spinal cord during a game, was signed to the 90-man offseason roster of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. The Bucs are coached by ex-Rutgers coach Greg Schian, who helped shepherd LeGrand through the dark days following his injury. LeGrand says his ultimate goal is to walk again.
"I believe in myself and I believe in the man above," he said. "I know everything in this world happens for a reason."
He told Sports Illustrated in November that he wanted to return to the spot on the field where he was injured, lie down, get up and walk away. But there's still the nagging question of what might have been. It's one he doesn't focus on.
"I wouldn't have been able to touch this many people if I was playing football," a bouyant LeGrand said. "That's why I know that there was something there for me to do in my life that can hopefully change the world."