Eric LeGrand moved to rehab center

Updated: November 3, 2010, 8:38 PM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Rutgers junior defensive tackle Eric LeGrand has been admitted to the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, N.J., the school announced on Wednesday.

"Eric is in good spirits and is anxious to take the next step in his rehabilitation process," said LeGrand's mother, Karen, in a statement released by the school. "Thank you to everyone for the tremendous outpouring of love, support and prayers for Eric."

LeGrand suffered a spinal cord injury while covering a kickoff Oct. 16 versus Army and was paralyzed from the neck down. He had been recuperating at Hackensack University Medical Center since the injury occurred.

"The LeGrand family requests that the media respect their privacy at this time as he transitions to this next phase of care and treatment," the statement also said.

Before LeGrand was transferred, New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin visited with the Rutgers football player at Hackensack University Medical Center.

Coughlin told the Bergen Record of his meeting with LeGrand.

"I was looking forward to getting to see Eric over the last two weeks and I told his mother that," Coughlin told the Record's Tara Sullivan. "She has done an incredible job. She's so very positive and tough and so committed to making sure Eric understands that his spirits are always up and thinking about positive things."

Coughlin brought a signed helmet and said LeGrand repeatedly thanked him for visiting. Coughlin hoped to lift LeGrand's spirit.

"You come in knowing full well what you represent, what you want them to understand, that the Giants are here for you, we're all here for you," Coughlin said. "Then, if you let yourself, when you leave the room you begin to think as his mother thinks. She's been an incredible, strong, strong human being."

Rutgers' next game is on Wednesday night, at South Florida.

ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk contributed to this report.

Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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