The Jimmy V Perseverance Award was given to paralyzed former Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand, who gave an inspiring speech that lasted about five minutes at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night.
LeGrand – who spoke in his wheelchair as the whole audience stood – told the story of his paralysis, which took place while LeGrand was trying to make a tackle on special teams in 2010.
He also quoted Jimmy V, saying “don’t give up, don’t ever give up” is a motto by which he lives. LeGrand admitted that his dream was to play in the NFL; now it’s just to stand up and walk again.
Check the video below and, if you can hold back the tears, you have more will power than us. Eric LeGrand profile