We're getting Eric!
What was it like getting the Jimmy V Award at the ESPYs?
That was one of the most amazing moments of my life. I've always dreamed of being at the ESPYs and when you get there and see all of the celebrities and athletes, it was unbelievable. It's hard to put into words.
What do you think of Rutgers going to the Big 10?
I was happy about that. It's time for Rutgers to take that next step to a bigger conference. The money will be perfect for the school. It will be great to play in football against the Ohio States and Michigans.
What's been the reception of your book, now that it's been out a while?
I still get all the time on my Twitter that they just ordered it or just finished it. Everyone is telling me that they're inspired. I'm glad I can do that just from my story.
Everyone pictures you as an inspiration and always smiling, but are there ever any days or times when you get frustrated?
I really don't have time to get frustrated because of my schedule, I'm always doing something. When I go therapy every day I see people worse off than me. They go to therapy and go home. I'm going here and there. There's no time to get down.
What's your daily rehab like?
I go there for 4 hours a day, 5 days a week. I go on the treadmill. I try sitting down. I work on the arm bar.
What does this Jimmy V Week mean to you?
It means a lot. I've been watching his speech. I remember when I was first picked for the award, I watched his speech even more. His don't give up, don't ever give up means even more to me now. I'm going to keep fighting and not give up on my goal.
how much do you still stay in contact with Greg Schiano?
I talk to him all the time. I was just down there. I talk to him 3-4 times per month. I was just down last Sunday, so I talked to him recently.
Despite your accident, you've been able to become an inspiration to so many people, did you ever think you'd be able to do that?
I never thought this would happen. When it started taking off and my school rallied behind me, I thought it was big then. Then my community and it went national, I thought I was put here for a reason to appreciate what they do have and not what they don't.
I heard you were back at Rutgers taking classes. Are you still or have you graduated?
I'm still taking classes. I lost out on two semesters. It's taking me a little time to get done because I started by just taking one class. I'll be done by the fall.
What do you miss most about playing football?
Just the atmosphere. Being able to amp my team up, when you make a play and the team's jumping on you. That's what I miss the most.
Hey Eric, I'm a big fan! How is rehab going?
It's going really well. I'm able to twitch my fingers more and more. There are bigger things to come.
What type of projects or appearances do you have coming up?
Right now, I'm working with my foundation. I have school. I'm doing therapy every day. I'm doing the Rutgers broadcasts. I have one more game left. Those are the things I'm working on now.
have you been working with the V Foundation and their people?
Actually, I haven't been working more with their foundation. I've been doing my work, but probably when the ESPYs come around, we'll probably do more.
Who is your favorite player in the league right now? Hope all goes well with rehab, Eric.
Oooohhh.....It's got to be my man Ray Lewis. He's an inspiration. And he's a good motivator. It has to be Ray Lewis.
Hey Eric, huge fan of your story and am really inspired by you. How long do you think it will take before you can lay down at midfield where you were hit and then get up and walk away from it?
I wish I could give you an estimated time. It would be the best thing if I could. You just have to continue believing. I wish I could. That would be tremendous.
How was the experience of your former coach at Rutgers Greg Schiano reaching out to you and symbolically putting you on the Buccaneers roster?
Now I can say I was in the NFL. To be a part of the team and go down there whenever I want. It really was tremendous.
Who is the coolest person you met at the ESPYS?
I met so many different people. I could say the coolest person I've met is Li'l Wayne. It was summer of 2011. I've listened to his music my whole life getting ready for football games. It was cool to meet him.
I love all the fans out there. Keep on supporting and believing and we'll do this thing together.