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PHOTO: Eric LeGrand Makes Sports Illustrated 'Moment Of The Year' Cover

Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive tackle Eric LeGrand, paralyzed last year during a special teams hit, was voted "Moment of the Year" honors by Sports Illustrated readers, putting him and his teammates on this week's SI cover. The scene comes from before the West Virginia Mountaineers game, when LeGrand led Rutgers onto the field in his wheel chair as fans chanted his jersey number.

"So I left tire marks in the snow yesterday as I led my team out," LeGrand said at the time. "Next time will be footprints."

The cover, plus video of the fantastic moment:


In a year of surprising champions and stellar individual performances, you chose to elevate a moment of true inspiration. Congratulations to Rutgers University & Eric LeGrand for being voted as the 2011 Sports Moment of The Year.For the first time ever, our Facebook community chose the cover of Sports Illustrated. The response was overwhelming, producing votes from a total of 178 countries. We are extremely grateful for all of your participation and being part of this historic issue!