TRENTON – As a point of personal privilege on the floor of the State Senate, Senator Richard J. Codey today asked for a moment of prayer for Eric LeGrand, a Woodbridge native and star Rutgers University football player who is paralyzed from the neck down as a result of injuries sustained during Saturday’s game against Army.
“My heart and my prayers go out to Eric and his family as they face the tough times ahead,” said Senator Codey, D-Essex. “As a lifelong sports fan and proud New Jersey sports booster, I recognize that the Garden State has among the most supportive and caring fan base around. I ask today that we come together as a State to support this young man in his time of need, and I hope and pray that through medical science, hard work and perseverance, that he’ll be able to regain the ability to walk someday.”
LeGrand, who plays defensive tackle for Rutgers, was injured after a head-on collision while making a tackle during a kickoff return with 5:10 left in regulation during Saturday’s game against Army. He underwent spinal surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center to relieve compression at the C3-C4 level of his vertebrae.
Senator Codey’s remarks preceded a vote in the Senate on his bill to develop a comprehensive plan to address head and brain injuries in interscholastic grade-school sports. He said that LeGrand’s injuries on Saturday underscored the importance of safety precautions at all levels – interscholastic, collegiate and professional.
“Eric’s injuries are a reminder that despite the best preparations, horrible injuries can and do still happen,” said Senator Codey. “We have to do our part to minimize and successfully treat injuries when they occur, and give players the care and support needed to recover. My thoughts and prayers go out to Eric for a speedy and complete recovery.”