Believe

Eric LeGrand

Sports Memoir

On Sale Date: 9/25/2012
Imprint: William Morrow
Print Run: 50K
Format: HC
Pages: 272
Price: $23.99
ISBN: 62226290
ISBN 13: 9780062226297
Other Formats
Ebook 9780062226303

On October 16, 2010, Eric LeGrand, a defensive lineman for the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights, suffered a severe spinal injury when he collided with an opposing player on a kickoff return. Paralyzed from the neck down, doctors said the twenty-year old would be a quadraplegic breathing on a respirator for the rest of his life. Eric responded with unwaivering hope, assuring his mother, “I’ll be back.” Within a few weeks, he was breathing on his own. Within months, he could stand for minutes at a time using a standing frame. On October 29, 2011, one year after his injury, Eric, in his motorized wheelchair, led the Scarlet Knights onto the field at Rutgers’s stadium—a triumph of spirit voted “Best Sports Moment of 2011” by Sport’s Illustrated fans.  In this uplifting memoir, illustrated with sixteen pages of color photos, Eric shares the amazing story of the transformative journey he calls “the best year of his life,” which has won him admiration and made him a universal symbol of hope. Committed to raise awareness and inspire others as Christopher Reeve once did, Eric reveals how he is rebuilding his life and his future, including earning a college degree, pursuing a career in sports broadcasting, and working hard to rebuild his bruised body. Eric doesn’t just want to walk again. He’s going to run.