NCAAF  > Rutgers Scarlet Knights  > The young man deserves at least this much from fans of college football
October 20, 2010, 11:37 AM
I POSTED THIS ON A DIFFERENT THREAD, THEN THOUGHT MAYBE IT OUGHT TO BE A STAND ALONE TOPIC FOR ALL OF US.

I had stayed away from the sports news media for a few days in recognition of the fact that I placed too much importance on the Buckeye's loss.

Consequently, I just read about the young man from Rutgers suffering paralysis after a collision this past weekend.

After saying a prayer for him, his family, his recovery and his future, this serves as a jarring reminder of just how out of balance our priorities can get when we are rooting so intensely for our alma mater's sports teams. Now, I feel like an immature jackwagon for being so disappointed in the recent loss.

Stacked up against the truly important things (faith, health, family, worthwhile work, hope for the future etc.) these games are just games...nothing more. I believe they are good examples of what is possible with the highest level of commitment and dedication to your sport and a common team goal. But, they are also not typically a matter of life and death.

When you have a moment, say a prayer for Eric LeGrand. Or, if you don't normally do that kind of thing, just put some positive thoughts out to him any way you see fit.


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October 20, 2010  11:40 AM ET

Great post, AM.

We all need "perspective checks" sometimes. It's terrible that they so often come via a tragedy such as this young man has suffered. Prayers out for him and his family.

October 20, 2010  12:21 PM ET

Prayers.....

October 20, 2010  12:35 PM ET

Thanks AM.

I'm praying for Mr. LeGrand--whatever problems I may have today don't amount to a hill of beans compared with what he's facing.

Here is a Rutgers site where you can send a note of support to Eric and his family.
http://scarletknights.com/football/eric/getwell.asp

October 20, 2010  12:56 PM ET

Well said AM. Thanks for the reality check.

October 20, 2010  04:22 PM ET

Nice thought. A young man named Kent Waldrip from TCU suffered such an injury in 1974 and devoted his life to helping spinal cord injury.

http://www.summitartists.com/kent/kent.htm

Almost anything in life that could happen to a person pales in comparison to being a quadriplegic. May god help Eric LeGrand.

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October 21, 2010  08:10 AM ET
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Sadly, the 72-hour window has passed. No news regarding the kid's condition. I would think that if there was good news it would have been made public.Hope to hell I'm wrong, buy this is not looking good.

Very sad that no glimmer of good news has arrived. Prayers sent for healing and strength.

October 22, 2010  10:19 AM ET

Godspeed guy, I hope you have close family & friends!

 
November 6, 2012  06:08 PM ET

I send my best wishes to Eric LeGrand

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