Eric LeGrand’s own inspirational story is well known. Now the former Rutgers defensive tackle will share stories from ordinary people who inspire him.
It has been nearly six years since LeGrand was paralyzed making a tackle in a game against Army, but he has served as an inspirational figure in the years since.
LeGrand, who will appear on FOX NFL Sunday’s pregame show this week, has a new project backed by FOX, entitled ‘Mission Possible.’ The series will feature stories from people who have overcome major hurdles to become, or do, something great.
“Stories like this give me hope, too,” LeGrand told NJ.com’s Ryan Dunleavy about the project. “I’m covering their stories and hearing stuff that I never knew before, just sitting down and asking them questions about their journey and their life. I look back on my situation and think, ‘Wow, I really don’t have it tough at all. Look at what this guy has been through.'”
One particularly interesting aspect of the show is that the subjects will tell their stories to various athletes. For instance, according to Dunleavy, the premier features a double-amputee who ran a marathon this year sharing her story with the New England Patriots.
“I got to bring them into my world and they got to meet the football guys and share their story,” LeGrand said. “Just seeing the reaction on the NFL players’ faces when they were telling their stories, it was amazing. I can’t wait for people to see that. At one point, you see (Rob Gronkowski’s) face totally in shock.”
The first episode of ‘Mission Possible’ is scheduled to be available online Sunday afternoon.