What a fantastic story. Rutgers DT Eric LeGrand was paralyzed in 2010 while making a tackle in 2010 and since then has remained as an inspiration to the team as he has been recovering from the injury.
Schiano was hired to coach the Buccaneers and remains close with LeGrand. This move by Schiano was simply beautiful.
“Leading up to the draft, I couldn’t help but think that this should’ve been Eric’s draft class,” Schiano said in a release by the Bucs. “This small gesture is the least we could do to recognize his character, spirit, and perseverance. The way Eric lives his life epitomizes what we are looking for in Buccaneer Men.”
The gesture won’t provide LeGrand a contract to play with the team, but it gives the former Rutgers star an opportunity to realize a dream of being in the NFL.
“It came out of nowhere,” LeGrand said. “He told my mom about it I believe Monday night. Didn’t tell me until Tuesday . . . I said I don’t even know what to say right now. This is amazing, coach, thank you. Dreams do come true if you really believe.”
I followed the Rutgers team that season and have been inspired by LeGrand’s desire to keep on moving on despite his injury. He remains as one of the best stories in sports. Sports Illustrated even named LeGrand’s return to the Rutgers field last year as the “Moment of the Year” as voted by the fans.
This is one of the true good stories in sports.
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