Just recently, in January 2010, the NCAA tightened rules on concussions. Now, student-athletes are required to leave the game after showing concussion symptoms, and no player can continue on the field if he loses consciousness.
"Football is becoming bigger, stronger, and faster," said Dr. Jordan Metzl, associate attending physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. "We need to make it as safe as possible. When a player of this caliber gets injured in this serious of a way, a lot of people are going question the sport itself."
Metzl said he often sees parents of players ask if their kids should even play football, as concussions and other serious injuries continue to plague games at all levels.
Even the NFL is getting involved in hopes of preventing such injuries. The league announced it will now suspend players for dangerous and flagrant hits on the field, especially hits that involve helmets.
"We need to concentrate on teaching players how to hit appropriately, without using the head as the point of contact," said Kutcher, a former Division 1 football player. "We have to try to get across to football players not to lead with their heads."
But, while rules are being put into place by sports leagues, LeGrand will face the challenge of coming back. People across the country are cheering for his success, including Adam Taliaferro.
"We're here for Eric and his family if they need us," said Taliaferro. "I'm praying everything works out for him."