LeGrand Ready to Re-Train Legs for Walking

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Month by month, paralyzed Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand continues progressing forward at a remarkable pace. Since suffering his injury in a collision with Army's Malcolm Brown Oct. 16, LeGrand embraced the "believe" mentality and is well on his way to his dream of a full recovery.

When LeGrand first opened up to the media April 25, he had sensation throughout his body. He next spoke with Fox Sports/Scout.com June 10 at the New Jersey Special Olympics and revealed a strong range of motion in his shoulders.

Now back at Rutgers during media and fan festivities this weekend, LeGrand is able to stand for more than 40 minutes and averages 30 to 35 minutes upright during his rehabilitation settings.

Pretty soon, LeGrand said, he will re-train his legs to start walking.

"It's hard to put a timetable on this since there's really no scientific cure for this," LeGrand said. "Everybody's different, so I push myself every day. Going 10 months now, I think it is with this injury, the progress is going great. ... I'm very thankful for that."

LeGrand spent most of the weekend on-campus with friends at family at Rutgers. Taking in both weekend practices, LeGrand said he wants to be as involved as possible with the Scarlet Knights in 2011.

"I'll be at all the home games for sure," LeGrand said. "And I'm going to try to make it to all the away games for sure as much as I can."

While in Piscataway this weekend, LeGrand also attended the school's annual Fan Fest in his first appearance in front of a large group of Rutgers fans.

In good spirits as always, LeGrand said he is happiest to simply be around his teammates again, saying that he would give up anything to be out there with them.

"It felt good just to be back out there again," LeGrand said about Saturday's practice session. "I basically knew the whole schedule because I'm used to what's going on from here to here to here. It felt good to see the guys out there and all the new guys out there trying to learn the system."

After his injury, LeGrand decided to start a Twitter account to update the public on his progress. He said he was shocked at how quickly his account caught on, but said he loves the public's attention, saying "they're my inspiration."

You can follow LeGrand on Twitter @BigE52_RU, where he has more than 18,000 followers.

"That came as a surprise to me," he said of his Twitter page. "I remember my friend said ‘do you want to make a Twitter?' and I was like ‘nah, nah.' The next week later, he was asking me again and I was like ‘you know what? Let me just do it' and boom. It just blew up."

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