Eric LeGrand, Paralyzed Rutgers Football Player Signs Two-Book Deal
On October 16, 2010, Eric LeGrand was left motionless on the football field after being tackled down by an opponent. His injury was serious and would leave him paralyzed from the neck down. Surprisingly, LeGrand who played for Rutgers Universiyt, has maintained an upbeat attitude since the beginning and now he has a two-book deal with HarperCollins so he can tell his story to the world.
The two books are "Believe:My Faith And The Tackle That Changed My Life, an adult memoir, and "Believe: The Victorious Story Of Eric LeGrand, the young readers version."
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"Eric's story has touched our hearts from the moment we heard about his amazingly upbeat attitude in the wake of his paralyzing injury on the football field,'' said Lisa Sharkey, senior vice president and director of Creative Development for HarperCollins.
"I am so happy for this opportunity to share my story in book form,'' LeGrand said. ''I hope BELIEVE will not only help to inspire people who have disabilities, but will resonate with anyone who has suffered in any way. If I can thrive despite my injury and never give up hope, maybe they can do the same thing.
''I hope this book will bring more attention to people with spinal cord injuries. Everything that has happened since that fateful day on the football field has showed me that there is a higher power at work and a plan for me, and I will do everything I can to embrace this still unfolding future for me and for anyone who reads my story.''
LeGrand's books are scheduled for publication on September 2012.