Thursday, July 12, 2012

The ESPYS Inspiration

I believe in miracles. I believe in perseverance.
I believe in people with good hearts overcoming life's hardest battles.

Last night I was brought to tears while watching and hearing the story of Eric LeGrand during the ESPYS. In 2010, while playing football for Rutgers in a game against Army, Eric suffered a spinal cord injury. He was told he would be a quadriplegic and would have to remain on a ventilator.

Well, he can now breathe on his own and can stand upright with the help of a frame.
And this is why he was awarded the Perseverance Award this year at the ESPYS.

I was especially touched when I heard him talk about his recovery.
He said he will walk again.
He looks forward to the day when he will go back out on that field to the very place he was injured.
And he will walk off the field and say,
"I finished that play."

May we all follow his lead. Whatever it is that has wounded us, pushed us to the ground, or temporarily paralyzed us - may we conquer it.
May we work hard everyday, just like Eric, to overcome the biggest obstacles that life may throw our way.
And that way in the end, we all can say, "I finished that play."

Did you watch the ESPYS last night? What was your favorite moment?
[I also loved the piece they did on Pat Summitt [the amazing former Lady Vols basketball coach] upon receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Go Vols! ;)


Lauran {The Real Young Housewife of Southern VA} said...

Stories like that are so inspirational!!! The hubby watched the ESPYS while I was blog working so I missed it!! Although reading your little recap made me emotional! ESPN has a way of doing that to me! Have you ever watched their E:60 Stories?? Goodness I end up in a sobbing mess everytime!

Samantha said...

I didn't watch but will have to check out there links on the internet!

Holly said...

Pat Summitt's thing brought me to tears. I'm sad that I missed the Eric LeGrand one! I was getting ready for bed. Boo! But I too love stories of perseverance, and never giving up. These people have big hearts. They really are so inspiring :)

katie michelle said...

he is such an inspiration! i was crying the entire time he was talking. i also loved the story on pat summit. what an amazing woman!

i was at work when it was on, but i recorded it for the husband. ends up i actually really enjoyed the show, myself! who knew :)

Shayna said...

Didn't watch them last night but, that is a pretty awesome story! Very encouraging & uplifting!

Catie said...

I didn't watch, but it looks like I missed out. Glad I found your blog!

Kristen said...

so inspirational! what a great attitude to have

Mrs. Jones said...

Eric LeGrand was amazing, but it was the Pat Summitt story that moved me to tears big time! I had two friends up for ESPYs - they didn't win - but it was SUCH a fun and inspiring night spent watching the show!