October 16, 2010 is a day former Rutgers player Eric LeGrand will never forget. A game against Army, Legrand fractures two vertebrae and suffers a serious spinal cord injury. He was told he would spend the rest of his life on a ventilator. Perseverance, unyielding optimism, and inspiration had LeGrand breathing on his own five weeks after his injury. LeGrand remained in a wheelchair but that wouldn’t stop him from supporting his team, On October 29th last year Eric led the team out on to the football field alongside with Coach Schiano. After the season Coach Shiano moved on to the NFL and is now the head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. LeGrand got a phone call today that changed his life, his old coach had signed him to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“Leading up to the draft, I couldn’t help but think that this should’ve been Eric’s draft class,” Schiano said in a statement released today by Rutgers and the Buccaneers. “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.”
Written By – JD Rowe – NFC South Writer – @JDRowe21