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Paralyzed Rutgers player Eric LeGrand has outpouring of support

"Let's face it. It's everybody's nightmare. If you played, or your kids play. So when it happens, everybody wants to help." -- Steve Ostergren

As Rutgers defensive lineman Eric LeGrand recovers from the paralyzing injury he suffered in a game Saturday, his No. 52 shirts are selling like hotcakes. Over 11,000 "52" helmet decals are being created for distribution to New Jersey high school teams. His teammates will wear "Believe" decals on their helmets when they play Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Selling the shirts was the idea of Steve Ostergren, owner of Scarlet Fever, a Rutgers shop in New Brunswich, N.J. "People were coming, or calling asking if we had Eric LeGrand's jersey," Ostergren told Mark Di Ionno of the Star-Ledger. "It was pretty relentless, so I figured we should make one."

Proceeds from the sale go to LeGrand's family; NCAA rules prohibit Rutgers from creating a cash fund for him and his family.

Athletic director Tim Pernetti told Di Ionno that the response has been "uncontrollable. I mean that in a good way. It has overwhelmed us."

There has been no update on the condition of LeGrand, who is recovering from spinal surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center, although a neurosurgeon who has been in touch with doctors treating LeGrand told the Star-Ledger that he has shown no signs of movement, although he is awake and on a ventilator.

By Cindy Boren  | October 22, 2010; 11:13 AM ET
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I've been wondering about LeGrand. Thanks for the update, Cindy.

Posted by: RedCherokee | October 23, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

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