Eric LeGrand was a standout football player for Rutgers who was paralyzed due to a hit he sustained in a football game against Army in 2010. One year after his injury, he lead the Rutgers football team onto the field, but he always remained a motivational, integral part of the Rutgers program. After this past college football season, Rutgers coach Greg Schiano was named the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL.
Coach Schiano visited Eric LeGrand in the hospital virtually every day after Eric sustained his injury. He keep Eric's spirits up and made sure that Eric kept fighting to regain strength. After becoming the coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Coach Schiano realized that although Eric would not be drafted, he could be signed as a free agent in a symbolic gesture. In order to recognize Eric's perseverance, Coach Schiano signed him as a free agent member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on May 2, 2012 or 5/2, symbolic of Eric's jersey number at Rutgers: 52.
Eric LeGrand hopes to become a broadcaster and called a Rutgers football game last year. He is another example of someone who has continued to push forward after his injury in order to pursue goals and continue living a productive life. In the meantime, he has inspired and improved the lives of many in his own life.
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