Eric LeGrand was a special teams player for Rutgers in October 2010, when he was paralyzed from the neck down after making a tackle against Army. His coach at the time was Greg Schiano, who often did his best afterward to make LeGrand feel like he was still a part of the team. And now that Schiano has moved on to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he's bringing LeGrand with him. Today, the Bucs announced they have signed LeGrand to their 90-man offseason roster. Which is just cool.
Here's Schiano, according to a statement released by the team:
"Leading up to the draft, I couldn't help but think that this should've been Eric's draft class. This small gesture is the least we could do to recognize his character, spirit, and perseverance
LeGrand took to his Twitter feed after the news broke to express his appreciation:
This is honestly a blessing from above. I love you all keep following people believe we will make this happen
— Eric LeGrand (@EricLeGrand52) May 2, 2012
Photo via Getty.
From the Rutgers Family to the Bucs Family: Tampa Bay Signs LeGrand