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Believe: My Faith and the Tackle That Changed My Life

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The powerful story that has captivated the sports world and inspired many to believe in miracles

On October 16, 2010, Eric LeGrand's life drastically changed course in a single moment. Eric was known for his skill as a key Rutgers defensive lineman and as a much-loved teammate who could make anyone smile.

During the heated fourth quarter of a tie game against Army, a crushin
ebook, 288 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by William Morrow
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This was a tough, emotional read--mostly because I followed Eric's story. As a football fan, I watched college football come to a stand still one October afternoon. Eric's tackle and apparent paralysis was all over every station--no matter what game you were watching. And because I followed his story, I know that he's a quadriplegic. I know that he can't walk. And yet reading, particularly with the positiveness and hope that oozes from each page, you think maybe...just MAYBE the story will have ...more
Daniel Aguiar
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I learned much from Eric's story. It's the first time I read an account of something I witnessed and wondered about from his point of view. I relived the the thrill of the kick, the running down the field and the horror of realizing, as someone who has worked in a rehab facility, how extensive and severe his injury was the instant I saw the reaction of the medical personnel. I was on the side of the stadium close to the players' exit and desperately wanted to see him raise his thumb up. I have s ...more
Amazing, inspiring story and a must read for everyone!
I first became aware of Eric LeGrand while watching Anderson Cooper’s talk show one afternoon. What struck my right away when I saw him was his smile. Eric LeGrand has the most amazing, infectious smile you will ever see. His smile is all the more awesome when you learn about his story and the struggles he faces daily. In 2010, when Eric was a defensive lineman for the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights football team, he suffered a devastating injury in a game against the Army Black Knights. In ...more
The as-told-to story of the paralyzed Rutgers football player who is working fiercely to walk again and representing the cause of the paraplegic and the quadriplegics of the world. I read this book for my Parent/Teen book club at work, and I actually liked it a lot better than I expected. You would have to made of stone not to admire Eric LeGrand's positive attitude and his determination to recover!

My biggest problems with the book were 1) It's so heavily ghosted that you can hardly hear his ow
Saul Carter
I love this book. This book is about Eric LeGrand, who was a college player on the Rutgers University football team. So far in the book, about Eric's childhood and high school life. I just got started onto his college life and the game he got paralyzed in while making a big tackle against his opponent. I love this book, because the author LeGrand uses a wide variety of vocabulary. This book is challenging at times, making me actually learn some new words. LeGrand is very, very, positive when he ...more
The book Believe made me feel like I wanted to reach out to Eric LeGrand because I felt extremely bad for what he had to go through when he got paralyzed. The title of the book that I read was Believe by Eric LeGrand and Mike Yorkey. The publisher of Believe is HarperCollins. The address that the book was published at was 10 East 53rd street in New York, NY. The month and the year that the book was published was October of 2012. The book Believe was inspirational due to his attitude and this is ...more
Linda Russo
Eric is a remarkable young man.He has such a positive outlook on life. I would give this book an additional half star (if possible) for those who really enjoy and understand football, as the majority of this book deals with Eric's life before his accident. I found myself skipping over some of the football details, but it did not distract me from my appreciation of the story. I even checked out his website to see how he was progressing.
Kim Lanza
As a Jersey girl and Rutgers grad, I knew Eric LeGrand's story. I was already inspired by his determination before I opened the front cover.

However, learning more about him deepened my respect for him. His story left me with renewed appreciation for the blessings in my life that I take for granted.

"Chop the moment....tak[e] life not day by day but one step at a time."
Rutgers University football player Eric LeGrand was paralyzed when tackling during a game.

At first I thought the writing was amateur-ish, but then I remembered that he was a college student and is now just 22 years old. So the writing is perfect, real and honest. LeGrand is forthcoming about his daily struggles as a quadriplegic, even writing about his bathroom habits, which may be TMI but obviously something he has to deal with and which some may be curious about.

Like the title says, the tackl
Kristin Herrick
Such an inspirational story. Having gone to high with Eric and spent time with him in gym class, I had an idea of how dedicated he was to football. He always had a big smile and was ready to joke around. Archery was a blast with him on my "team". I will never forget that.

It's incredible to see what he has done for himself after this life altering injury, but he was never one to give up. Very enjoyable, but sad read.

As an alumna of Rutgers University and Colonia High School, I will always be pul
I knew I would love this book. Although, I am extremely biased since Eric is from New Jersey and played for Rutgers. The locations mentioned in his book are all to familiar to me. Eric is an exceptional young man with an incredibly positive attitude despite the traumatic events that occured on the football field. Not only does he always smile but praises his mother for her dedication to him. Seriously, he is the type of gentleman every parent wishes their children turn into. I look forward to th ...more
Amy Kennedy
Excellent book. You will finish the book inspired and truly believing he will walk again.
Janine H
I am a Rutgers graduate and have followed Eric's progress ever since his accident. I absolutely loved this book. I loved reading about Eric's childhood and his amazingly supportive family. Eric is a true inspiration. I admire his strength, faith, and positive attitude. Any time I see him on TV, he always has a smile on face. I know that he has a bright future ahead of him. I look forward to reading more about his progress and I will always BELIEVE that he will walk again one day. Eric must get h ...more
Usually do NOT comment on books....but this one REALLY is special....Eric is a hometown hero here in Woodbridge Township, NJ & of course a Rutgers man as well....but none of that matters...what matters is that this young man is an inspiration to EVERYONE... in the book, Eric is open about EVERYTHING truthful, so inspiring and so UPLIFTING.....& because of him we all DO bELieve he WILL walk again....please read this will be very glad you did. Excellent book ..very deservi ...more
I honestly don't know that I've ever read a more motivating or inspiring book. Eric LeGrand's strength, faith, & positivity are indescribable, & his mother is just as amazing. Both of them possess and display a strength I can only hope to one day come close to. I cannot recommend this book strongly enough to any and every one, but especially to anyone facing an unexpected struggle or challenge in your life. I wish nothing but good things for Eric in the future, and pray for his continued ...more
I honestly don't know that I've ever read a more motivating or inspiring book. Eric LeGrand's strength, faith, & positivity are indescribable, & his mother is just as amazing. Both of them possess and display a strength I can only hope to one day come close to. I cannot recommend this book strongly enough to any and every one, but especially to anyone facing an unexpected struggle or challenge in your life. I wish nothing but good things for Eric in the future, and pray for his continued ...more
Eric seems to have adjusted to his situation well, he does not dwell on the negative. I have to wonder if he did not have a depression, or at least a time of anger.
Easy to read, I think it will be popular with my athlete students, and will add it to my school library, in spite of the one swear word, it is a story young people need to hear. Maybe it will help them learn what a hero is.
Not the best written book in the world, but you have to admire Eric LeGrand's positivity and tenacity.

This didn't factor into my rating, but I have to say that Kirk Herbstreit's foreward is utter garbage. He could have taken the opportunity to focus on Eric but instead, he talks all about himself. Terrible.
What an inspiring individual.
I wish him the best!
I don't want to call this book inspirational, because that word seems too public, too outward. This is an honest, personal account of growing up into an elite athlete, and a moment that ended his career, could have ended his life, and should have ended his hope and determination but didn't.
One of the most inspiring books I've ever read (and I read lots of books)! Eric LeGrand has a beautiful spirit. If you think you're having a bad day, read this book, thank God you're not Eric, then ask yourself how you can become more like him. I can't wait to pass this one on to my son.
A heartbreaking and hopeful story--so inspired by Eric's positive outlook and faith. His mom is incredible-- reading about everyday people who deal with extraordinary circumstances with such grace and humility gives me hope for humanity.
I wonderful read about courage and determination after a spinal cord injury. Eric Legrand is a inspiration for anyone who things life is just getting to hard. I recommend it highly will definitely put your life in perspective
Eric LeGrand is a truly remarkable young man. His story is one of inspiration. You really get a complete picture of his life, his remarkable and positive spirit, and the wonderful support system he has in his life.
I couldn't put down this incredible story. Eric LeGrand is encouraging for anyone who has ever had to overcome an obstable. What an amazing person!
Gaines Cash
it gave me a new perspective on life and how to live every day without regret.
Very inspiring book! I wish that all teenage boys would read this!
Jenn Khoury

This was a good quick read. I love LeGrand's spirit!
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