George D. Martin spent 14 seasons as a defensive end for the New York Giants serving as Captain of the Super Bowl XXI Champions. His impressive record with the New York Giants is nothing compared to his humanitarian efforts. Throughout his career George seized and created opportunities to better himself, teammates and his fellow man. He collaborated with Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey to develop a program to enable NFL players to complete their college degrees during the season. He founded Minority Athletes Networking Etc., Inc. whose core of activities are centred on the continuum of learning, academic and personal success, and leadership development for compromised youth. George walked across American and raised over $5,000,000 to aide 9-11 first responders’ with medical care. Walking from New York, NY to San Diego, California he wore out 175 pairs of Nikes and had one of the most memorable experiences of his life. George is a member of the Sports Hall of Fame of New Jersey. As keynote speaker of ERAPPA 2014, he will share with us his inspirational message of seized opportunities, teamwork, and public service.
Eric LeGrand is a retired Tampa Bay Buccaneer, football defensive tackle who played college football at Rutgers. On October 16, 2010, LeGrand suffered a severe spinal injury during a game against the Army Black Knights at MetLife Stadium. Eric has seized new opportunities daily as he strives to meet the challenges before him with a positive outlook and strength of character. In his two books, Believe: The Victorious Story of Eric LeGrand (Young Readers' Edition) and Believe: “My Faith” and “the Tackle That Changed My Life”, Eric tells the uplifting story of how he is rebuilding his life, continuing his education, and pursuing a career in sports broadcasting. Eric will, through digital media and conversation, explain how to truly find purpose in pain and face setbacks with an overwhelming amount of strength and dignity.