LIVINGSTON, NJ — Eric LeGrand, a former Rutgers defensive tackle who suffered a serious spine injury during a game in 2010 that left him paralyzed, recently visited Heritage Middle School and inspired students with his story of survival, hope and overcoming challenges.

LeGrand now dedicates his time to being an advocate for people with disabilities, and speaks to groups delivering a message of positivity and perseverance. In addition, he works with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to raise funds for spinal cord injury research.

“Thank you to Eric LeGrand for coming to HMS and sharing your story of inspiration and your core values with our students…empowering all to learn, create, contribute and grow,” said Heritage Principal Shawn Kelly.