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Eric LeGrand | Average to Savage EP26

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This is the twenty-sixth episode of the Average to Savage podcast featuring former Rutgers football player and motivational speaker Eric LeGrand. Paul Guarino talked with Eric LeGrand discussing his football career at Rutgers, his foundation, and the new content he is building on YouTube. Follow Eric LeGrand https://www.instagram.com/ericlegrand52/ https://twitter.com/EricLeGrand52 https://www.facebook.com/EricLeGrand52/ Powered by RISE Brewing Co. https://www.risebrewingco.com/

This is the average to average podcast with Paul Greno everyone in anyone, athletes, Suett's and much more. WHAT'S UP, everybody? On back for another episode of the average savage podcast. Got Another special guest, former rutgers player and motivational speaker, Erica Grant. Eric. What's going on? It was going on good, good, so we're just gonna jump right into you ready. So you grew up in New Jersey. I know it's a big football state. So what guy you playing? Football actually started when I was younger. I was about four or five years old and I had two friends out of my age and then as this one to kid Charlie who was about five years older than us, and we started playing killer band with the ball this out of my house, and every now and then I would chook out the Kid Charlie, who was five years old, and when I was scoring can that is drenaline rush at that young age, just scoring to touch down here for five years old. Maybe we want to play the game of football on kids thrown into the House and until offensive few times. Awesome, maybe tough for games for sure. Now going into high school, did you play any other sports? And then in football and football baseball basketball. She Talk Baseball was going to be the pictures on a field and I love the game. But you know, football, I was about my best basketball. You've not thought my best game was baseball. But the balls, you know, took me to where, to where I am today. But but I'm yeah, I love baseball basketball. Got Got you, got you. So what other offers coming out of high school did you have besides rutgers, and what made you choose rutgers? I Have Virginia and Maryland with the ruckers. That because all was when the beginning, because I was on my I was not qualified when I first started taking I say teas and then I'm a funny store everyone. I thought I passed essay teas with a with a score that I needed with my GPA. I remember text of all the coaches, like Charlie Weiss, was that not a dame? At the time? Urban Meyer was down at Florida. Other coaches are like you, were fasted new your offer,...

...congratulations, this and that and that. My head coach had to go back and text on like he's not qualified. He read there. They handed a roll way. It was crazy bad. Got You. So. So what made you choose rutgers over you said, Maryland and Virginia. Brocos was first off ever and they were there for the very beginning. They offered me as a freshman in high school and you know, I was just they were fifteen minutes away from my house, that things that they were building there at the time. To get a great education round up the block. I can be in my backyard. It was just a no brainer, especially when being a recruit during those old six o seven season, whenever you know to all the way up in the top ranks in the country, top ten team, like why should I go somewhere else? Y? Yeah, for sure. And what was it like playing in your first game? I rut ocurs in two thousand and eight, all those people and then just intensate the game and sp making a right get the calls and being one being nervous and as undersides the line and a first play, a totally the position with different people I was. It was a it was a world whe for me. It was and thing. It was up and down roller coaster for sure, but you know, got me ready and prepare for the next season's coming up. Yeah, would you say the biggest transition from like high school football to like do one football was the speed to size about. You go on with this for every time. Just what the what's goes intil week of practice? Everything is it's just amp them for about a level that it's hard to explain, and less you know somebody's actually been there and done that. Once you have, you know some've been there with the Ya we went through. It's just like you had that bond with them. But it's just a whole nother level, even a dentist mentally as well, for sure. And then in two thousand and ten you suffered the spinal court injury during the game versus army. So can you take me through that game and obviously change your life. You know,...

...it was tied up in the fourth court. We had just had a seventeen, seventeen of proper left down there make a big play for the team and that's you know, you layed on the ground paralyzed. That at the time I didn't think astrows. I don't know what had happened, but definitely the scariest mover. Know you like would. You can't move, but you can't breathe at the same time on the ground and I think you're going to die. Out there and it was a it was a rust of choice of roughly first few weeks, but I had a great support system around me that kept me going and motivated at you know, in spied and once I found out, you know what you're going on, my life wout that was paralyzed. I don't know. I had a long more ahead of me, but I had the mindset well in termination of peace and my family and friends all behind me, so I know I could get there with yeah, for sure. I you pretty much answer my next question. I was going to say, Howard, how is? How is everyone keeping you motivated and how did you turn this and turned into a positive you know. Yeah, M was so positive. You know, they were also uppee, if I won't let me down, that. After a while I kind of saying this is kind of responsibility. I got to get better, you know, I got to work hard. I can't get up on all these people that are wishould be well and tell beyond inspiring now and begin. It's like a responsibility. Now, you know what I mean? I can let all these people down there looking up to me. Yeah, for sure. And tell me about your team. Will Grant Foundation in your yearly and walk to believe in it, be partner of the Christopher Day of reboundation. And now you approached me from the day one about you times. Think when it came to smart cold injuries, education, wise and support, all that stuff. And then after Sass time was going along with my injury, I realized you know so many people that were unfortunate situations and re craziest same my injury, brows and of course, your situational way I got a hurt and all the people that you know that had tested in my life. That's but there. For me. I wanted to get start giving back and I formed team a great Christ per day to Refoundation and has a last year, December two thousand and seventeen, we worked...

...a billion dollar mark rang for SMIC injury research. Sound very proud about that. Since we lost in US September two thousand and thirteen and whenever. Continue to go hold with different events, as you said, like my annual walk to believe, which is a five day walk and run at ruckers. I haven't now a flag football tournament. I have different a little events like since I zoom believe at a cornhole tournament. We have the SKO kickboxing event. So all these little events, you know, basketball pervice, that people raising money for my foundation is just it's crazy to see had a community just you know, just wraps around my cause of my belief. Yeah, for sure. Yeah, it's awesome. You really you said you raised a million. Right here. You hit a million for years, for years and we had a million dollars. It's awesome. And then, yeah, the flag football game. That was that was the first year of that. This year, right. Yeah, we had a flag football. It was our first year. We would have raised over thirty grand in our first year for then, I'm really excited to really expanded and blow this up and making a really big thing. Yeah, I think. I think that one could be even bigger than the walk there. Well, we'll see. The walk well brings in a good about in over six figures. That's a lot of body. Yeah, for sure. So I know you've been on a ton of the shows and mate a crazy amount of athletes and celebrities and you got a lot of words. So what's been like? I know you probably have a you have like a ton of them, but like what's been some of your top favorite moments over the past few years? You know, you can't that moment I set when you wanted to be a wonderful of the means of people and people shout. Do you have like brock chains? That's worse than that. Heading upstairs to the Aska party and everyone wants to be around me and take a picture with me and instead age for you know, that's to be a top moment of my life. We graduated again to be Barack Obama, the president. I was really cool as well. I'm giving a convension of speech at...

...my graduations. A lot of things that you know, but just now I really want to get something accomplished in my life with my speaking and my more with oudation and also my youtube fog, and I got a lot of things I want to when I want to really get cold myself, is as possible German to motivator. Right now, we have that time to sit back and reflect on all the good stuff. I'm ready to go get someone to dust do it another book. You know their future, so we'll talk about that as well. Yeah, for sure. And Yeah, as I was writing down these questions, I was just like there's so much stuff I didn't even know like what to ask. That's I was just like let me just see his top favorite right now. Yeah, yeah, for sure. And actually, so you had your own show on Fox, mission possible, and I saw that you're trying to get that back going up and I saw you met Gry v and stuff like that. So what's the update and what's going on with your plan for that? Was Awesome. While he goes at one months to our at all times, just to sit down to speak with hand was really incredible. Them do some stuff in a future, but I will miss about yeah, we're looking for a sponsor. We want to get a sponsor behind it that believes in the concept a Beliez and on mission and go out. Then I think you we got a lot of cool episodes that we could do and there's a lot of people I reach out to me once they one says on the first season. So I really want to get that going again, but just need to get that sponsor behind it. So we should really make the magic happens. Yeah, for sure. Inter you tell the people what the show is about. Yes, miss impossibles to show about being the host atone to other people's lives and the disabled community that are, you know, living a life in a face diversity, but they doing extraordinary things that we want to showcased and of bring you don't give them a platform to share their story where they may not have it, you know, had that plastform to share before and you know, maybe lived in life in the face anniversary.

Every day being the host. It's something different. You know, not every us you see the host. You know they work for your teaming network and things like that. You don't see the host. That's punk are sometime of adversity to. So we never to share stories with other people and they get as version from them. Doesn't get this person. For me it's just a windwin situation. Yeah, I think some people they don't. They don't see, obviously, what goes on beyond the seems like me also being a wheelchair, so I know how things go and behind the scene stuff so that people don't really know about, you know exactly exact stuff I can break out out there. Yeah, yeah, it's about and that's that's the other big thing in general, just behind the scenes, like footage of stuff is getting like popular now. Yeah, that's all. I really started taking in depth into my last therapy and Rehab. Some people to really see the grind and what I go through. Yeah, actually, yeah, so your tweet the other day when you said I forgot the exactly cool, but what you said. But it was something you were showing your pathy. It's not all about the glutes. Yeah, that was there. Not Everything is glamor and just another day at the office putting the network. Yeah, and there as then and going into your vogue. So what do you want to show people? I mean, I know we kind of just touch on it, but what do you want to show the viewers? There life behind the scene. People always see me here, you see me there, but people, people will see how I got there. Yeah, there the team I had behind me, with all my gods, my friends and famations, and that edge and just on the cool stuff I got behind the scenes that stays at a concert or behind the scenes at a box and site are bests and wrest the messages that I want people to live to see. That it realize you do you want to get to read all these famous people. They are normal people as well. In that also want to take people to my rehab. A lot of people have with that. You know, I been working for me Rehab on. Want take them to the grind and when you reach plateaus on life...

...and how you have to handle those platzaus of quish them the things that ended just so, as I underside, to show them that as well. Yeah, for sure, for sure. Is there anybody that you want to Collab with, like social media wize, or athlete wives or celebrity wife specific working a lot with Eric Thomas speaking, which I'm happy about, and growing that, and then also do so speaking with scared, with Terry, be they to that nature. So those are my two guys right now. It's just and keep on going soward with them. Man, you know this lean enough for some advice and super like it take were. Those guys are killing the game and you're making a big get back in the world, and that's what it's about, making impact in the world other people. For sure. For sure. And what are your goals for two thousand and nineteen? Last year I said I wanted to learn Spanish and I started to get started all really well, wonderful, like two three months and tend to start to get real hard on me and I gave it up. This year I got to learn. I'm around people in my life that speak two languages and I still dump that I don't like my nurses. They all speak different like whether they're first, they're coming from Africa or frown Caribbeans. They all, you know, speak two different two languages. By Therapist Buffy, these German and English. That comes surrounded by people. That's people's language, and chest we know in English or nine that's going to be Spanish. I like it because I also wanted to learn Spanish too, but I just never did either because actually one of my roommate, one of my roommates in college, spoken to I try to make them teach me, but it didn't really we didn't didn't, you know, come through. That's the thing you can speaking with all the time. So hopefully, well, hopefully I can. I can figure this out. Just nineteen. Yeah, for sure, you gotta get that happen. is due lingo. You have that. I heard about doing. I heard duly straight out. How about what's on your music playlist right now? Friends...

...are die hard and the music and they talked about everything that comes out all the time, and I have been awesome on music game in the past three years. You know, I do listen to my guys like three little way and meek milk, but you know, I haven't haven't made it all the mumble rappers and know everything. Yeah, I do think s nine music. Yeah, I would say. I had championships playing last weekend. Then I was Jammin use war trying to get twitter month of December all Christmas music. Yeah, I got to set up. Got You. Got You. And how about how about this one? Who Your top five favorite football players? Favorite? I got I got four. That I'll start off with. Paint many as for Vaughan Miller at three. Rain too, was that to and Torode Davis at once. Most of my guys all right, that was easier than most people usually. I got them stumbling and they're taking it's figure it out. I love to watch you things of that nature. So for guys, got you. And let last one. What's your Super Bowl prediction for this year? It's to be honest with is fust to make a run right now. You'll see how the cowboys, if they have that, the regular one, and done in this in the playoffs on the NC side, and she sad to pay tres on, looking a dominant as usual, as a right down this time. D We count this and do we want to count them out, but we go with New Orleans, New Orleans, Kansas City? How about that? Yeah, actually, that that's the one I said a few WESIA. True, true, true, and we're it could do...

...what the people know where they go. Follow you on social media? Yes, you can follow me on graph t two, on twitter, instagram and my youtube channel, and on facebook is its regular are quick, grandy? or I see CR and and that's follow subscribed like all that stuff. I will appreciate you coming on the shows, having me.

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