Eric LeGrand's football career may be behind him, but the competitive spirit is as strong as ever.
Instead of wins and sacks on the gridiron, LeGrand's sights are on a higher calling at the annual Walk to Believe.
Fund raising improved every year since the event's inception in 2011 after LeGrand's 2010 spinal-cord injury at MetLife Stadium. At Sunday's 5k run and walk, LeGrand has bigger goals.
“This is our sixth year now and we're trying to hit six figures,” LeGrand said. “That's our goal. … It's pretty amazing to see that there's already $38,000 from people raising money and getting registered. We have to keep on going.”
Nearly 40 percent there in preregistration alone with a $100,000 goal, LeGrand expects an active weekend for Sunday's Walk to Believe in Piscataway. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Donations benefit the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
“When I partnered up with them as far as Team LeGrand and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, I had realized that some people out there, they just need hope when they go through this injury,” LeGrand said. “This injury is very tough to go through,especially if you don't have the support system that I have.
“ … I realized it was my time to give back to people and help give them hope that one day we are going to find a cure for paralysis. Unfortunately with Christopher Reeve passing away 11 years ago, the spinal cord injury world really never had a face after that. With all of the media I've been able to use my platform for, it's amazing that I've kind of been able to take over being the face of the spinal cord world.
“I really feel like this is my responsibility to help all of the other people out there that don't have this platform and give them hope that one day there will be a cure and we can get them back on their feet walking again.”
The event begins at 8 a.m. At High Point Solutions Stadium and concludes with a barbecue setting after the 5K run and walk.
“I like to play a little highlight video and show the progress that we're making in the spinal cord injury world of research so people can see where their money is going,” LeGrand said. “This year I made a little highlight video of the walk last year so people can maybe see themselves on the JumboTron. … It's a picnic type thing and I love to sit down and hang out with everybody. I'll be in the area taking pictures with everyone just thanking them for coming out. It's an overall great day with the family.”