Eric LeGrand On 'Boomer And Gio': I Want To Be Voice For Disabled People Who Don't Have Same Opportunities As Me

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October 09, 2019 - 11:30 am
Eric LeGrand poses with Boomer and Gio.

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Next week will mark the ninth anniversary of the injury that changed Eric LeGrand's life.

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The former Rutgers defensive tackle suffered a spinal cord injury against Army on Oct. 16, 2010, when he collided with the kick returner. The hit left him paralyzed from the neck down.

Since then, LeGrand has been an advocate for people with disabilities and is working with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to curing spinal cord injuries by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for individuals living with paralysis.

LeGrand told WFAN's Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti on Wednesday that he's motivated every day by others with disabilities. 

"Honestly, it's the people that don't get the opportunities like I'm getting right now," he said. "I see them still on a weekly basis when I go to therapy on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Those people that unfortunately don't have the same platform that I do, don't have the same support that I do, just don't have the same life in general that I do. And I kind of want to be that voice for them."

When LeGrand talks to others who recently suffered serious spinal cord injuries, he tells them at first to take the time to absorb the magnitude of what has happened to them. 

"But right after that, I try to tell them life goes on," he said. "I realized that with this injury. No matter what, life and time always goes on. What are you going to do in that time period after that? Are you going to sit there and keep on moping and keep on sulking and live a miserable life? Or you have to figure out how to adjust to a new life and new things that are around you, but it's still possible to do the things that you want to do. It's just you might need a little more help."

LeGrand has designed T-shirts that read "ROLL MODEL" with a handicap symbol serving as the "O." The shirt is intended to raise awareness about disabilities, and proceeds from sales go to Team LeGrand of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

"I wanted it to represent me and people with disabilities and make them just feel comfortable in their skin, because when people wear this shirt, it makes them feel accepted," he said.

The shirts can be purchased at EricLeGrand52.com

To listen to his interview on "Boomer and Gio," click on the audio player above.