Eric LeGrand’s injury a painful reminder of how violent football can be

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 25: Rutgers Stadium is seen during a Rutgers Scarlet Knights football game against the North Carolina Tar Heels on September 25, 2010 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Football is a thrilling sport. The harder the hits, the more fans enjoy the game. The faster the action, the more exciting the sport becomes.

But when you see Rutgers’ defensive tackle Eric LeGrand carried off the field on a stretcher after sustaining a neck injury, you’re reminded of how violent the game of football can be. How unforgiving the sport is sometimes.

Replays showed that LeGrand ran full speed into Army’s Malcolm Brown following a 22-yard kick return with five minutes remaining in Rutgers’ 23-20 overtime win on Saturday. Both players hit the ground, but only one got up.

The 6-foot-2, 275-pound LeGrand laid motionless on the turf for nearly seven minutes before being lifted onto a backboard with his head and body immobilized. He was then carted off the field to an ambulance, which transported him to the medical center.

LeGrand fractured his C3 and C4 vertebrae and was he arrived at the medical center he underwent emergency surgery in order to stabilize his spine. There’s concern that he will never walk again.

My heart goes out to LeGrand, his family and friends, as well as Rutgers University. I’m sure everyone will support Eric and give him the hope he needs moving forward. There have been many positive stories about people walking again after neck surgery and while I don’t know LeGrand personally, I’ll be rooting for him in his recovery.

Get better, Eric.

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