Eric LeGrand book excerpt: Believe

LeGrand: "Believe"

Eric LeGrand discusses his faith and the tackle that changed his life.

The following is an excerpt from the new book "Believe" by Eric LeGrand.

The 2012 NFL Draft was held over a long weekend in late April at Radio City Music Hall in New York City -- practically in my backyard. There was a lot of hoopla and excitement associated with the draft, but I couldn't help but feel a little glum as I watched the proceedings on ESPN.

You see, 2012 would have been my draft year, and playing in the NFL had been my dream since my Pop Warner days in Avenel. I imagined hearing my name announced and walking out of the greenroom and being handed a team hat and receiving a bear hug from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

But that wasn't going to happen. As I watched player after player stride onto the Radio City Music Hall stage for a grip-and-grin with the commissioner, I became really homesick for football. I missed playing a game I had grown to love.

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