Paralyzed Rutgers player Eric LeGrand to lead team onto field

Rutgers' Eric LeGrand standing upright

(CBS/AP) In a recent video for, paralyzed Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand offered viewers a candid glimpse of a typical day in his life. Despite his devastating injury and grueling rehabilitation regimen, LeGrand remains upbeat and optimistic about his recovery.

Nowhere is that more evident than when LeGrand rattles off an ambitious wish list of "things I should do when I get back up on my feet." He plans to return to the spot of his crushing injury and get back up on his own power; land a spot on "Dancing with the Stars;" climb Mount Everest; and lead his team out of the tunnel and onto the field for a game.

While he obviously won't be running, his last wish is coming true: LeGrand will lead the Scarlet Knights on to the field for Saturday's game against No. 25 West Virginia.

It will mark the first time LeGrand will be joining the team coming out of the tunnel at High Point Solutions Stadium since he was hurt making a tackle against Army in a game at the Meadowlands last season.

Photo: Paralyzed Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand "standing tall"

LeGrand, who serves as an analyst on the Rutgers Radio Network, will be on during his normal spots on the pre- and postgame show, as well as halftime. He is also scheduled to be on the ABC broadcast.

In addition to his role on the Rutgers Radio Network, LeGrand has done studio television work at SNY and CBS.

  • Stephen Smith

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