- Associated Press - Friday, January 7, 2011

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Paralyzed Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand told ESPN in an interview that aired Friday morning he believes he will walk again.

“I believe it,” LeGrand said in an emotional interview conducted by ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi. “God has a plan for me and I know it’s not to be sitting here all the time. I know he has something planned bigger for me.”

The interview with LeGrand, who remains paralyzed below the neck, was the first glimpse at the Rutgers junior defensive lineman since he fractured his C3/C4 vertebrae while making a head-first tackle in an Oct. 16 win over Army at New Meadowlands Stadium.

On Thursday, Rutgers announced LeGrand had regained movement in his shoulders and is now experiencing sensation throughout his body. In the interview, which was taped at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, N.J., LeGrand confirmed both pieces of news.


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