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Believe: My Faith and the Tackle That Changed My Life Hardcover – September 25, 2012
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From the Back Cover
The powerful story that has captivated the sports world and inspired many to believe in miracles
On October 16, 2010, Eric LeGrand's life drastically changed course in a single moment. Eric was known for his skill as a key Rutgers defensive lineman and as a much-loved teammate who could make anyone smile.
During the heated fourth quarter of a tie game against Army, a crushing tackle left Eric sprawled motionless on the ground while the entire stadium went silent with fear and anticipation. Doctors later discovered that Eric's body was paralyzed from the neck down, marking the beginning of a long, grueling, and emotional road to recovery.
What Eric didn't know then, however, was that the months to come would be a remarkable, transformative journey—one so profound that he would call the time since his accident the best years of his life.
In this moving memoir, Eric tells the uplifting story of how he is rebuilding his future in the face of hardship. Doctors said that he would never again breathe without a ventilator. Five weeks later, though, he astonished them by drawing breath on his own. He thrilled fans only months later by posting a picture of himself online standing with support during a rehabilitation session. A year after the accident, the nation watched as he led his Rutgers teammates onto the field in his wheelchair—a powerful gesture that was voted best sports moment of 2011 by Sports Illustrated readers.
Now, Eric is on his way to graduating from Rutgers University, has a budding career as a sports broadcaster, and uses his experience to spread a message of belief and positivity. He also joined the roster of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in May 2012 in a symbolic move that recognized his "character, spirit, and perseverance," said Bucs head coach Greg Schiano.
Though Eric relies on his family, friends, and faith, his belief and hope for a better future make him a role model for anyone who has experienced tragedy or faced daunting obstacles. Believe is a story of finding purpose in pain and facing setbacks with strength.
About the Author
Eric LeGrand is a student at Rutgers University and a former defensive lineman and special teams player for the Scarlet Knights. Eric is an honorary member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he has received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award during ESPN's annual ESPY awards show.
Mike Yorkey is a veteran writer with more than seventy books under his belt, including the Playing with Purpose and Every Man's Battle series.
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Top Customer Reviews
Once to a youthgroup kid who has a football injury and lost football scholarship abilities
Once to a youthgroup kid who is the son of the Sterling Middle School Principle
And once to "Daniel", "SAM"S best friend and team mate. Sam died by suicide at the tender age of 18.Daniel and Sam were team mates on the Sterling Tigers football team. Sam was a linebacker,#54,and an all-american kid. Sam lost his life when he could no longer fight the demons of his mental illness ,bipolar disorder.Sam's 15yo old sister Faith is the youth elder at FPC in Sterling. Yesterday she headed to school in Sams favorite tennis shoes and a "Tebow in the City "teeshirt. She wears a size 12 shoe,fighting body image issues and trying to embrace her "Missy Franklin " size!
Kuddos to Timmy Tebow and Eric and Missy Frankin
Well done good and faithful servants! You guys rocked it!
FPC youth gruop supervisor
living with and managing my own mental illness ,bipolar disorder
He continues to inspire and when I found out this book was coming out, I knew I had to pick up a copy and read it. I felt like I had a connection to him in a way.
The book reads smoothly (aside from a couple typos) and it made me feel like I was sitting with him one-on-one throughout the entire book. It felt more like a conversation in which he was just talking to me the entire time. He details his childhood growing up and his passion of sports. Following his injury, he details all the trials and triumphs he's encountered. Even though I've followed him and have seen and heard his story numerous times, it was special reading it. I knew the story, but I wanted to hear it from him.
That's what this book gave me -- a sense of feeling that I was also part of his BELIEVE team.
Because it was such a smooth read, I finished it in one day. I couldn't turn away. I wanted to know more about his journey and what could be next for him. His attitude is inspiring and I recommend this book for anyone -- even the non-sports fan.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just an overall great book. Gives a lot more insight into what Mr. LeGrand went through after his injury that would have never known had I not read this book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John C. Wyatt
A true and very well-written testimony of faith, love, and hope. A blessing with encouragement for any journey. Has changed my outlook to more optimism since reading it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Diane
Incredible book telling an incredible story of an even more incredible human being. Five stars all the way, and I look forward to seeing Mr. LeGrand walk someday! I Believe!Published 8 months ago by Chris Kennard
Loved this book
God is good
This book showed me that my troubles are nothing compared to Eric thank you
Excellent book - gives a good view into Eric's life and how his life changed after his injury. A very inspirational book.Published 13 months ago by Rosanne
Great book, it changes your perspective on life. He is so influential, if encouragement and strength had a name, it would be Eric LeGrand.Published 18 months ago by Glen Baker