Thursday, October 22, 2020

Tag: NFL

NFL Draft agent doesn’t let spinal cord injury keep him from the pros

Published: April 15, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

He is representing an offensive lineman in the upcoming NFL draft.

25 years later, former Lion Mike Utley won’t be defeated by spinal cord injury

Published: October 24, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

25-years-later-mike-utleyFLINT, MI — Nov. 17, 1991. Sunday afternoon. Pontiac Silverdome.

The Detroit Lions were facing the Los Angeles Rams.

At 50-years-old, Mike Utley can still tell you the sequence of events from that day verbatim.

He was in his third NFL season as an offensive lineman for the Lions. Life was good.

LeGrand hopes to inspire others with new book

Published: June 26, 2012

NEW BRUNSWICK — Eric LeGrand’s story of perseverence from a paralyzing spinal cord injury already has touched millions across the world, and now it will be detailed in book form.

HarperCollins Publishers on Tuesday announced it has signed a two-book deal with LeGrand, who shares his uplifting story of how he found purpose in pain and overcame setbacks with strength.

Paralyzed Athlete Eric LeGrand Signs On as Sportscaster With Bucs

Published: May 2, 2012

Eric LeGrand is being hailed as an inspiration after he accepted an offer to work as a sportscaster for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The former defensive tackle for Rutgers University was paralyzed from the neck down in October 2010, when he broke two vertebrae in a game against Army — just moments before the game’s end.

Since his accident, LeGrand has been able to stand and walk on a treadmill, with assistance, and he has vowed to walk on his own one day.

A broadcasting major at the New Jersey school, LeGrand resumed his studies in the 2011 spring semester, via video conferences. And in October of that year, he led the Scarlet Knights onto the field before a game in his wheelchair.

Peyton Manning’s receiving stem cell therapy thrusts medical procedures back into sports spotlight

Published: September 19, 2011

Peyton Manning’s trip to Europe to receive stem cell therapy on his ailing neck is the latest attempt by an elite athlete seeking to expedite recovery from injury using a controversial medical procedure.

A Fox Sports report Sunday detailed how the Colts quarterback and four-time league MVP sought the stem cell therapy after two surgeries on his neck did not help address a painful bulging disk. He had another surgery recently, the third in 19 months, and it’s unclear if Manning will be healthy enough to play this season.