Rutgers football icon Eric LeGrand records message of hope for Jersey City school

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Rutgers football icon Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed from the shoulders down after tragedy struck during a kickoff return 10 years ago, gave a message of hope to Jersey City elementary schools this morning.

Former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand. Screenshot via Facebook.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“What’s going on Jersey City P.S. School No. 22? This is Eric LeGrand, a former Rutgers football player, I want to encourage you to get out, make sure you’re staying active, doing your homework, and all the right things,” he said in a Facebook video today.

“Listening to your parents, listening to your teacher Mr. Gross – he’s leading you on some great examples on how to be successful in life. So I wish you guys nothing but the best. I know we’re going through tough times right now, but we will get through this and we’ll be better from it. So I wish you guys nothing but the best.”

According to P.S. 22’s staff directory, Allen gross is a physical education at the school.

Their Facebook post where the video originally appeared notes that LeGrand is a friend of Gross and they also pay homage to Rutgers.

“He is an inspiration to all! We will all get though this tough time. Keep chopping!,” the post says.

This year would’ve been LeGrand’s 10th “Walk to Believe” to raise money for spinal cord research, they the event is currently in limbo due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Jersey City Public Schools have been closed since March 16th and have been utilizing remote learning programs.

Earlier this month, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said that both public and private learning institutions will remain closed indefinitely through at least May 15th, though many districts are operating under the assumption that schools will not reopen this year.