Rutgers' Eric LeGrand has "Full" Body Sensation

SAFE - In this Sept. 2, 2010, file photo, Rutgers defensive end Eric LeGrand holds up the ball after recovering a fumble against Norfolk State during an NCAA college football game in Piscataway, N.J. LeGrand, injured making a tackle on a kickoff return Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, sustained a horrific neck injury that has left him paralyzed below the neck. Rutgers coach Greg Schiano says defensive tackle Eric LeGrand is resting in the intensive care unit at Hackensack University Medical Center and will remain there for the near future.
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Eric LeGrand Sept. 2, 2010. One month later he became paralyzed after a hit.
Rutgers' Eric LeGrand, paralyzed during kickoff coverage against Army in Oct., is making significant progress in his recovery.
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Continuing his long road to recovery from paralysis, Rutgers Football defensive tackle Eric LeGrand now has movement in his shoulders and "full sensation" in his body, reports the Newark Star-Ledger.

In an earlier announcement, the school had said LeGrand only had feeling in his hands.

LeGrand, a native of Avenel, N.J., was paralyzed while covering a kickoff Oct. 16 against Army. He is rehabbing at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, the Star-Ledger reports.

In his first interview since the injury, LeGrand told ESPN that he he had "the fear of death" and that he felt he "could pass out and die" lying on the turf at New Meadowlands Stadium immediately after the injury, the Star-Ledger reports.

LeGrand, who has been breathing without a ventilator since November, said that he tried to give a thumb's up to the crowd as he was carted off the field but couldn't. He said he felt as if "1,000 pounds was on this thumb" as he tried to move it.

The full interview with LeGrand will air during the 9 a.m. edition of SportsCenter on ESPN Friday. After it airs, it will be posted in its entirety on, the Star-Ledger reports.

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