This year's Warrior Award, which honours those who are fighters in one way or the other in the real world, will be given to former Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand.
In 2010, LeGrand was paralyzed in the middle of a game and then moved on to become a motivational speaker. He spoke about when he was first notified about this honour when he received a call from Paul Levesque (Triple H):
"Paul's assistant sent me an email on Tuesday saying Paul wanted to talk and wanted to schedule a call for Thursday," LeGrand said. "So I'm sitting here for two days wondering what Triple H wants to say to me. My heart was racing for two days wondering what this was all about. When he called me, he explained the award to me and what they do at WrestleMania, and then he told me at the end that they want to present the award to me, and I honestly didn't know what to say. I didn't know how to react. This was incredible as someone who grew up as a fan since I was a little kid."