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Video: Eric LeGrand leads Rutgers onto the field

Graham Watson
Dr. Saturday

Sports don't get much more inspiring than the opening moments of Rutgers' game against West Virginia.

Eric LeGrand, a former Scarlet Knight defensive lineman who who was paralyzed while making a tackle during a kickoff last October, led his teammates onto the field — in a snowstorm, no less — his first trip through the Rutgers' tunnel on a gameday since his accident.

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LeGrand, dressed in his Rutgers jersey, and flanked by coach Greg Schiano while his teammates walked behind him, operated his motorized wheelchair through the snow while fans chanted "52" in honor of LeGrand's jersey number. LeGrand carried an axe across his lap to signify the team's rally cry

working as a Rutgers radio analyst this season, has been an inspiration, not only across college football, but also to professional sports figures that have donated to his Believe Fund. LeGrand tweets about his rehabilitation almost daily and has been standing since the summer. He still has a long way to go toward his ultimate goal of leading Rutgers onto the field on his own two feet, but just seeing him out there Saturday is enough to make anyone buy into Rutgers' motto and "Believe."

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