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Eric LeGrand graduates from Rutgers, gets standing ovation after inspirational speech (Video)


Paralyzed former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand delivered an inspirational commencement speech on Sunday, receiving a standing ovation and telling the graduates and every person in attendance that anything is possible.

LeGrand was initially paralyzed from the neck down in 2010 after making a tackle on a kickoff in a game against Army, but is now breathing on his own and able to stand with the support of a metal frame.

“Don’t ever let someone tell you you can’t do something!”

Dressed in his cap and gown, LeGrand gave an example on why you can’t give up and why “anything is truly possible in this world.”

“I’m moving my shoulders here. I’m moving myself forward,” the 23-year-old former defensive tackle told the crowd.

Working as a motivational speaker since he was paralyzed, LeGrand has remained positive in the face of adversity and continued his education when many others would have quit their pursuit of their degree which he tells NJ.com is one of the top accomplishments of his young life.

“It definitely is up there at the top. Of course, the top day will be when I walk again. But that’s up there. It’s got to be top three because being able to finish school is huge.”

You can watch the entire commencement from LeGrand who has his No. 52 retired by Rutgers courtesy of NJ.com below.

Make sure you watch the entire speech to see 35,000 giving him a standing ovation.

 

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