WWE announced Monday that former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed during a game in 2010 and has since become a motivational speaker, will be the third recipient of the Warrior Award, which was established in memory of The Ultimate Warrior. LeGrand will receive the award at the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will take place two nights before WrestleMania on March 31st in Orlando.
“LeGrand was a key player on the Rutgers University football team, before a spinal cord injury sustained during a game in October 2010 left him paralyzed from the neck down. LeGrand’s tremendous courage and unwavering strength throughout his rehabilitation captured the attention of the nation. He resumed his college classes via Skype and launched his sports broadcasting career as an analyst for Rutgers Football Radio Network. LeGrand founded the charity Team LeGrand of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation in 2013, and is now a highly sought-after motivational speaker. In support of LeGrand’s mission – raising funds for research to find a cure for paralysis and to help improve the quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries – WWE will make a $25,000 donation to Team LeGrand.
“It is an absolute honor to be named the 2017 Warrior Award recipient,” said LeGrand. “I am truly grateful for WWE’s support of my personal journey, and I am proud to continue to be an example of strength for people everywhere.”