Eric Legrand Injury
October 18, 2010 by staff
“It’s a special type and a guy who really likes to play the game,” Schiano said a gloomy Sunday in a conference call. “I think many people will like it. This guy loves it. Since in the locker room for practice games the night before the game, it’s a great teammate.”
LeGrand, a 6-foot-2, to 275 pound defensive backs head of Avenel, New Jersey, suffered a spinal cord injury while making a tackle on a kickoff with 5:10 left in regulation in the fourth quarter from 23 to 20 on Saturday overtime win against Army in the New Meadowlands Stadium.
The lesion was at the level of C3-C4 and emergency surgery was performed by doctors throughout Saturday night at Hackensack University Medical Center to stabilize the spine.
LeGrand, 20, is resting in the intensive care unit and remain there for the foreseeable future, according to a Rutgers. Currently, it has no movement below the neck.
“We want to thank everyone for all your prayers, kind words and good wishes,” LeGrand family said in a statement. “We appreciate every single thought. Eric is in good spirits and we are praying for a full recovery.”
Schiano ran out of his press conference after the game to the hospital and was accompanied by the Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti, several football players and friends from other teams LeGrand Rutgers.
“Spirits of Eric were as good as you might expect and he was aware of me being there and his mother and the whole world,” said Schiano. “We saw it before surgery and after surgery.’s A fighter.”
Schiano said he had spoken with the Scarlet Knights (4-2) in trying to bring out to honor LeGrand. Pittsburgh visit Rutgers next Saturday in a game shown on SNY.
“I was very honest with the kids and tell them exactly what is happening,” said Schiano. “And then I talk a lot about how Eric played, how they approach things and how we will continue to approach them Eric was part of this family. Eric is part of this family is not playing right now.. I have no doubt he wants to go out and prepare and play the way he did. ”
He added: “It’s not an easy time for our kids, but it is certainly a close, close group of people in this building and no doubt in my mind that this will bring us even closer.”
Schiano also went to Penn State coach Joe Paterno, dealing with a similar experience in 2000 when Adam Taliaferro suffered an injury in the final race of the spinal cord, while the fight against Jerry Westbrooks runner during the game Penn State against Ohio State.
Despite being given only a three percent chance of walking again, Taliaferro recovered and learned to walk again.
“In fact, I called coach [Paterno Saturday] night,” Schiano said. “I just wanted to make sure there was nothing that I was missing.”
Schiano declined to reveal what exactly he said during the conversation.
Schiano also can use their experience from 2004, when Rutgers career high Dondre Asberry ended because of a car accident.
“Dondre Asberry was touch and go there for more than two weeks,” Schiano said. “This is an injury in the field and the similarities, I felt like [the coach Paterno was] a person who I felt comfortable asking. It’s always good to have a resource like that.”
Schiano also spoke with officials from the NFL on neck injury and said he was very impressed with the response of Rutgers, Army and medical staff Meadowlands.
Above all, tried to sound optimistic and positive about the future.
“We believe that Eric LeGrand is going to walk on that field again with us and that’s what I believe,” he said.
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