Sep 16, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Karen LeGrand with her son Eric LeGrand talk with Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano before the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Former Rutgers player Eric LeGrand speaks about new targeting rule


There has been a lot of talk this off-season about the new rule regarding targeting that the NCAA will be enforcing during the 2013 football season. The latest person to share his thoughts about the rule — which will require officials to eject players if a targeting penalty is given — is former Rutgers star Eric LeGrand.

LeGrand, who was paralyzed from the neck down after a hit he delivered in a game against Army in 2010, spoke both about the play that resulted in his injury and about his hopes for the new rule:

I wasn’t trying to spear him. I was trying to make a tackle. That happens. I just hope that they’re not so strict that it ruins the game. I appreciate everyone trying to help with safety, but you can’t change football. It’s a violent game that has been played for many years (USA Today Sports).

LeGrand continued:

I’m glad that people are looking into it and seeing certain methods. The main thing is you’ve got to see what you hit. If your eyes are up, it prevents injuries.

[Source: USA Today Sports]

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