Rutgers' LeGrand takes part in coin toss vs Army

BY foxsports • November 12, 2011

Paralyzed Rutgers player Eric LeGrand took part in the coin toss before the Scarlet Knights' game against Army on Saturday, and even making the wrong call on the flip could not take away from the moment.

''It was cool, I was ready to go put on the helmet and go run down there on the kickoff,'' LeGrand said in an interview after the first quarter. ''As soon as I got out there I started getting the goose bumps.''

The game was the first between the schools since the defensive tackle was paralyzed making a tackle on a kickoff return against the Black Knights in October 2010.

One of Army's captains for the game was Malcolm Brown, the returner LeGrand tackled on the play in which he was hurt.

''It was good, he came up to me and said: ''Hey how are you doing,''' LeGrand said, adding he wished Brown good luck.

Brown and LeGrand met over the summer and the two have kept in touch frequently over email. Army players also visited LeGrand this summer and presented him with a Black Knights jersey with the No. 52, his number with Rutgers.

Scarlet Knights linebacker Khaseem Greene wore No. 52 for Saturday's game at Yankee Stadium.

LeGrand said the past year has been rough, but possibly the best of his life.

''I can't tell you how many people I have been able to touch this year,'' he said. ''It's been a fast year.''

LeGrand said he reminisced over the past day on what has happened over the past year.

''I am just so thankful where I am today, compared to where I was last year at this time,'' he said. ''It's not bittersweet going out there and doing that coin toss. It's just a good thing. I definitely enjoyed it.''

LeGrand worked out on a treadmill earlier this week with the aid of trainers and said his body was ''aching.'' He said his balance is getting better and he believes he will one day walk again.

The coin toss had its bad moments.

''I called heads and lost,'' he quipped. ''It was tails and they said they wanted the ball.''

Brown and each of Army's three other captains walked over to LeGrand after the toss and patted him on the shoulder or extended a hand to wish him well.


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