Paralyzed Rutgers Football Player Tweets: "Moving the Arms Little By Little"

Eric LeGrand vows to keep "chopping" at his rehab

Thursday, Jul 7, 2011  |  Updated 11:48 AM EDT
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Paralyzed Rutgers Player: "You Got to Believe"

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Paralyzed Rutgers Player: "You Got to Believe"

NBC New York's Bruce Beck sits down for a one-on-one interview with Eric LeGrand, the Rutgers football player who became paralyzed while making a head-first tackle on a kickoff return in a game at New Meadowlands Stadium last October.
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Paralyzed Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand tweeted late Wednesday that he is "moving the arms little by little" as he continues his recovery from an injury last fall.

"Thank you for the prayers and support. When one makes it, we all make it," he tweeted.

LeGrand was paralyzed from the neck down on Oct. 16 after a collision in the Rutgers Army game. The 6-foot-2, 275-pound defensive lineman was hurt while trying to complete a tackle during a kickoff return.

His recovery has sparked a movement on campus and among his family and friends called "Believe." Students wear the word on their clothes and post encouraging messages on a campus website, while tracking every move of his progress.

The junior defensive tackle goes to rehabilitation three times a week, while finishing work in an economics course. He has said he might pursue sportscasting, and says he is confident he will walk again some day.

"I will walk again," he said in April. "I believe that."

Much of his progress has been sensory, not motor, so the movement is a major step.

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