Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

16 Jul 2012

MMBQ, Eric LeGrand-Style

With Peter still on vacation, this week's MMQB guest columnist is former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand. He says nice things about his collegiate coach Greg Schiano, talks about his ESPYs experience and his life as it is right now, and advocates a return to the old NFL kickoff rules notwithstanding his injury coming on a kickoff.

Posted by: Tom Gower on 16 Jul 2012

12 comments, Last at 18 Jul 2012, 2:56pm by tuluse


by Alexander :: Mon, 07/16/2012 - 1:28am

I liked this column. The guest writers are always fairly interesting, except for some of the ones that are propaganda pieces.

by Podge (not verified) :: Mon, 07/16/2012 - 8:10am

Wherever you go,
on sea or land,
You won't find a more upbeat man,
than Eric LeGrand.

Really good column.

I think his thought that kickoffs should go back to where they were is fairly illustrative of the issues the NFL is facing for player safety - if even a player who has suffered a life-changing injury isn't in favour of the safety moves, it will be difficult to get people fully on board with them.

by Drunkmonkey :: Mon, 07/16/2012 - 8:24am

While I think that the players opinions should always be taken into consideration when doing something like changing rules, I also believe that more times than not, the players need to be protected from themselves. I know that the injuries like what LeGrand suffered aren't that common, but if this is the thought of players, then how can former players be suing the NFL? Even if the NFL did withhold info about anything, does anybody really believe the vast majority of players would actually have walked away?

by Honest Abe (not verified) :: Mon, 07/16/2012 - 8:22am

I agree --- excellent column, very moving. He sounds like an outstanding guy.

by AnonymousA (not verified) :: Mon, 07/16/2012 - 10:42am

He seems to be happy and well-adjusted, which is amazing. Unfortunately, the foundation for his outlook seems to be the idea that he'll walk again. This is extremely unlikely, and I hope he can (mentally) survive the moment he realizes it isn't happening.

by Guido Merkens :: Mon, 07/16/2012 - 11:31am

"Sanu is versatile, he is a matchup nightmare, and he is a football player, which is a real compliment."

I'd say he is ready to be an announcer for the National. Football. League.

by Theo :: Mon, 07/16/2012 - 12:54pm

"We just all have to keep believing and praying and a miracle will happen."
There are compounds found, like Taxol, to help the scar tissue problem that prevents spinal cords injuries from healing.
Stem cell research also has had promising outcomes in the start up phase of clinical trials, but research is difficult because of the small number of people with the condition. Which makes it hard to find suitable candidates but also hard to make it happen from a business standpoint.
Stem cell research is also quite new, since the Bush administration put a halt on all stem cell research. It's quite hard to find public funding for research, because of the lively debate about stem cell research.
Ironically, the people who "pray" for a miracle, are also the biggest group of protesters against the research.
This guy however makes a good point of donating money towards his foundation to stimulate research.

by justanothersteve :: Mon, 07/16/2012 - 1:07pm

Minor correction - Bush didn't put a halt on all stem cell research. Just limited it to using a small number of available stem cells.

by SandyRiver :: Mon, 07/16/2012 - 2:08pm

My recollection was that the ban was limited to the creation of new lines of embryonic stem cells, thus allowing work on existing embryonic lines and on other stem cell sources, such as umbilical cord blood.

On topic: Excellent read; he seems like one who will make the best of his future, even if the dream of walking doesn't come to pass.

by justanothersteve :: Mon, 07/16/2012 - 1:06pm

It was interesting and I enjoyed it. I think you have to be that upbeat to deal with that severe an injury or it might destroy you. If he wants NFL kickoffs like they used to be, they should be from the 40 yard line by some guy whose primary job is playing another position.

by Bright Blue Shorts :: Wed, 07/18/2012 - 2:50pm

That's a great idea about getting rid of specialist kickers ...

I suspect in about 10 years time some players would learn to be effective kickers ... If you look at rugby there are very good kickers who have to play the whole match ... I seem to recall that Suh, Welker and Ochocinco have kicked in the last couple of years and of course not to forget Flutie's dropkick!

But overall I think it would be an improvement.

by tuluse :: Wed, 07/18/2012 - 2:56pm

I don't see how it's enforceable.