Paralyzed Rutgers Football Player to Make 1st Public Appearance

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    This undated photo provided by Rutgers University shows football player Eric LeGrand. LeGrand is unable to move from the neck down after being injured making a tackle in a game against Army on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Rutgers University)

    Four months after he was paralyzed making a tackle at a game against Army last fall, Rutgers defensive star Eric LeGrand will attend his first public event this weekend.

    University sports spokesman Jason Baum tweeted that LeGrand will be attending a comedy performance to support his Believe Fund charity.

    In a follow-up phone interview, Baum told NBC New York that LeGrand can now sit up in a wheelchair, and recently made his first return visit to the Rutgers campus to join a team meeting.

    "He was in great spirits and he was talking," Baum said.

    LeGrand suffered a paralyzing blow to his neck back in October while making a tackle during the Rutgers-Army game.

    It is not clear whether LeGrand will speak at Saturday night's on-campus comedy show.

    The headliner is Rutgers graduate Bill Bellamy.

    Tickets for the event at the Rutgers Athletic Center start at $15 for students, and go up to $50.

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