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Eric LeGrand Doing Better Following Terrifying Health Scare

Erik Legrans in his wheel chair while wearing a Rutgers football shirt.

PISCATAWAY, NJ - OCTOBER 24: Former Rutgers Scarlet Knights player Eric LeGrand looks on before a game between Rutgers and the Ohio State Buckeyes at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Just over a decade removed from Eric LeGrand's spinal injury, the former Rutgers football player overcame another health scare.

On Wednesday, LeGrand

Thank you @HMHNewJersey 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

— Eric LeGrand (@EricLeGrand52) March 2, 2022

">publicly thanked the folks at Hackensack Meridian Health in New Jersey for saving his life after a battle with pneumonia. "Some know, must don't but 16 days ago I came to the hospital thinking I may have appendicitis," LeGrand began. "Little did I know that I had full-blown pneumonia (spinal cord related) and blacked out in the emergency room. A few life-saving procedures, on a ventilator for five days, and a lot more ... I'm so thankful to be released from the hospital today."

"I can't thank the doctors and entire medical staff at [Hackensack Meridian] enough for saving my life and the great care that you gave me," LeGrand continued. After also sending thanks to his family and support system, the 31-year-old signed-off on a positive note.

"I'm glad to be back home and resting, at least for a little bit," LeGrand laughed. "Can't keep me down for too long ... I still bELieve."

Eric LeGrand was paralyzed after suffering a spinal cord injury during a game against Army in October 2010.

It's great to see the former Rutgers defender still overcoming the odds and pushing forward!