Leaders of a cause: Jerry Kill says Eric LeGrand is the face of the whole country in showing courage









When they meet, Jerry Kill and Eric LeGrand will have more than Rutgers football in common. Both are important leaders of national causes.

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PISCATAWAY -- IfRutgers offensive coordinator Jerry Kill needs any coaching as he becomes more involved with the Epilepsy Foundation on a national level, theres a friendly face willing to share his insights on leading a cause.
Former Rutgers football star Eric LeGrand, who has become an inspirational national spokesperson for spinal cord injury research and awareness through the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, is eager to meet Kill.
Its a two-way street.
I have not gotten a chance to meet him, but its going to be a great privilege to, Kill told NJ Advance Media. Certainly his story is unbelievable with what hes done and what hes accomplished. Ive overcome something, but nothing like that.
Comparing Rutgers OCs Kill, Friedgen
LeGrand suffered a paralyzing injury while making a tackle for Rutgers in 2010. Since then, he has been wheelchair-bound but become a college graduate, a six-figure fundraiser for the cause, had his No. 52 retired as the only one in Rutgers football history, received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and hosted his own digital television show.
If I can show him my attitude even when things arent going right, LeGrand said, and how Im able to stay focused and -- asCoach Greg Schiano would say -- chop the moment and find a way out of it, hopefully I can give him some advice.
The seventh annual A Walk To Believe benefiting Team LeGrand is scheduled for Sunday, June 4 at High Point Solutions Stadium. Registration is open.
To me, he is the face of tremendous courage, Kill said. Hes the face of anybody who has a health problem and could feel sorry for themselves. Hes the face of the whole country when it comes to that.
Kill is back in coaching at Rutgers only 14 months after he wasforced to retire as head coach at Minnesota because of escalating symptoms of epilepsy, including seizures.
You look at his situation and someone like him --with his resume -- couldve hung it up and focused on that, LeGrand said. But, no, hes going back to do something he loves to do. He is controlling his situation.
During his eight months away from football and six as an off-field administrator at Kansas State,Kill altered his diet, sleep habits, off-field responsibilities and other potential triggers in order to get back into coaching.
Hes doing what he needs to do to keep himself healthy, but also what he needs to do to do what he loves, LeGrand said. Im sure coaching is what he loves -- not advising or sitting things out. Its inspiring to see someone sacrificing to do what they love.
Through his travels during coaching stops at Northern Illinois and Minnesota since 2010 as well as in recruiting, Kill realized the stretch of LeGrands story. It was one of the things he knew about Rutgers long before coach Chris Ash contacted him in December about taking a job on staff.
There is not anybody anywhere you go who doesnt know about his story, Kill said. I look forward to meeting him because I dont think he realizes hes made an impact all over the country.
Everybody knows his story. I knew that before I got here. You put the Rutgers logo on. You get outside this state -- people in-state know -- and theres not a state where somewhere along the lines they dont mention Eric.
LeGrand, who is a radio color analyst on broadcasts of Rutgers football home games, was excited when his alma mater hired Kill.
I cant wait to hear him talk about life, LeGrand said, but when I get to pick his mind about football, thats going to be awesome. Id just love to hear about his life. They say you learn from the older and the wiser.

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When they meet, Jerry Kill and Eric LeGrand will have more than Rutgers football in common. Both are important leaders of national causes.

Watch video




PISCATAWAY -- IfRutgers offensive coordinator Jerry Kill needs any coaching as he becomes more involved with the Epilepsy Foundation on a national level, theres a friendly face willing to share his insights on leading a cause.
Former Rutgers football star Eric LeGrand, who has become an inspirational national spokesperson for spinal cord injury research and awareness through the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, is eager to meet Kill.
Its a two-way street.
I have not gotten a chance to meet him, but its going to be a great privilege to, Kill told NJ Advance Media. Certainly his story is unbelievable with what hes done and what hes accomplished. Ive overcome something, but nothing like that.
Comparing Rutgers OCs Kill, Friedgen
LeGrand suffered a paralyzing injury while making a tackle for Rutgers in 2010. Since then, he has been wheelchair-bound but become a college graduate, a six-figure fundraiser for the cause, had his No. 52 retired as the only one in Rutgers football history, received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and hosted his own digital television show.
If I can show him my attitude even when things arent going right, LeGrand said, and how Im able to stay focused and -- asCoach Greg Schiano would say -- chop the moment and find a way out of it, hopefully I can give him some advice.
The seventh annual A Walk To Believe benefiting Team LeGrand is scheduled for Sunday, June 4 at High Point Solutions Stadium. Registration is open.
To me, he is the face of tremendous courage, Kill said. Hes the face of anybody who has a health problem and could feel sorry for themselves. Hes the face of the whole country when it comes to that.
Kill is back in coaching at Rutgers only 14 months after he wasforced to retire as head coach at Minnesota because of escalating symptoms of epilepsy, including seizures.
You look at his situation and someone like him --with his resume -- couldve hung it up and focused on that, LeGrand said. But, no, hes going back to do something he loves to do. He is controlling his situation.
During his eight months away from football and six as an off-field administrator at Kansas State,Kill altered his diet, sleep habits, off-field responsibilities and other potential triggers in order to get back into coaching.
Hes doing what he needs to do to keep himself healthy, but also what he needs to do to do what he loves, LeGrand said. Im sure coaching is what he loves -- not advising or sitting things out. Its inspiring to see someone sacrificing to do what they love.
Through his travels during coaching stops at Northern Illinois and Minnesota since 2010 as well as in recruiting, Kill realized the stretch of LeGrands story. It was one of the things he knew about Rutgers long before coach Chris Ash contacted him in December about taking a job on staff.
There is not anybody anywhere you go who doesnt know about his story, Kill said. I look forward to meeting him because I dont think he realizes hes made an impact all over the country.
Everybody knows his story. I knew that before I got here. You put the Rutgers logo on. You get outside this state -- people in-state know -- and theres not a state where somewhere along the lines they dont mention Eric.
LeGrand, who is a radio color analyst on broadcasts of Rutgers football home games, was excited when his alma mater hired Kill.
I cant wait to hear him talk about life, LeGrand said, but when I get to pick his mind about football, thats going to be awesome. Id just love to hear about his life. They say you learn from the older and the wiser.

Ryan Dunleavy may be reached at rdunleavy@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @rydunleavy. Find NJ.com Rutgers Football on Facebook.




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