Eric LeGrand on recovery from paralysis: 'It's a day-to-day process'

JACKSON, N.J. — When Eric LeGrand closes his eyes to sleep following a grueling day of rehabilitation, he dreams of walking. Literally.

"I've never had a dream of being in the (wheel)chair at all," said LeGrand, who insists his unconsciousness is filled with images of what he once was: A Rutgers University student-athlete in the prime of his football career.

"I'm the same exact person I was before this injury," he said.

In his first extended interview session since he was paralyzed from the shoulders down as a result of a head-first tackle during an Oct. 16 game against Army at the New Meadowlands Stadium, LeGrand offered details of his progress, recalled how he felt in the days after suffering the spinal cord injury, and predicted a happy ending to a story that shook the Rutgers community and beyond.