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Eric LeGrand Believe Fund

Eric LeGrand - Believe

The Rutgers Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the establishment of the “Eric LeGrand Believe Fund” to support Eric LeGrand and his family. LeGrand, a junior defensive tackle for the Scarlet Knights, suffered a spinal cord injury Oct. 16 vs. Army. 

Contributions to the fund are not tax deductible and can be made by sending a check payable to the “Eric LeGrand Believe Fund” to:

“Eric LeGrand Believe Fund”
PNC Wealth Management
Attn: Kimberly G. Kingsland, Senior Trust Advisor
One Palmer Square Suite 201
Princeton, NJ 08542


Eric LeGrandEric LeGrand
Defensive Tackle
Colonia High School
Avenel, N.J.

2011: Has shown the entire nation his tremendous amount of courage, belief and strength throughout his injury rehabilitation … resumed his studies via Skype for the spring 2011 semester … was at several spring football practices, including the Scarlet-White spring game, where he made his broadcast debut on KnightVision … after graduation, has career aspirations to become a sports broadcaster … has become an inspirational speaker for several events in the area, including the Lincoln High School graduation in Brooklyn … just returned to live at his home in Avenel in July, just minutes away from the Rutgers campus.

2010: Key performer at defensive tackle who played in six games before suffering a career-ending spinal cord injury vs. Army (10/16) … ended the season with 13 tackles, including two for loss.

2009: Appeared in all 13 games ... 33 tackles on the season ... led team with 13 tackles on kickoff coverage ... recorded a tackle-for-loss in seven games ... also had multiple tackles in 11 games ... career-high tying four tackles vs. Maryland (9/26) … three solo tackles, including a TFL vs. WVU (12/5) and at Syracuse (11/21) … also posted three tackles vs. USF (11/12) ... matched his career-high with four tackles and had 1.5 TFL and a fumble recovery vs. Pittsburgh (10/16) ... three tackles and assisted TFL vs. Howard (9/12).

2008: Made his collegiate debut against North Carolina (9/11) ... saw action as a defensive lineman, fullback and on special teams ... contributed two tackles and his first career TFL (1.5 TFLs in the game) vs. Morgan State (9/27) ... switched to fullback for the Connecticut (10/18) and Pittsburgh (10/25) games and wore jersey number 46 ... returned to defensive end and jersey No. 52 for the Syracuse game (11/8) ... posted a career-high four tackles against Louisville (12/4) ... had three stops in the PapaJohns.com Bowl against NC State (12/29).         

Prior to Rutgers: Four-year starter for Colonia High School head coach Ben LaSala ... consensus Top 15 recruit in New Jersey ... starred at linebacker and running back for a 7-3 Colonia team that finished with an undefeated division record for the first time in school history ... totaled 115 tackles and rushed for 980 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2007 ... ranked by Scout.com as the No. 14 recruit in New Jersey and the No. 21 middle linebacker prospect nationally ... rated No. 13 in NJ by Rivals.com ... First Team All-Area by the Home News Tribune ... Second Team All-State by the Associated Press ... First Team All-Middlesex County and Second Team All-State by the Star-Ledger … one of seven members of 2008 class selected to play in the NY/NJ All-Star Football Classic at Rutgers Stadium … born 9/4/90 ... a Criminal Justice major.

Believe Helmet
"BELIEVE" decals will be worn on the front of Rutgers Football helmets in honor of Eric.

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