PDA

View Full Version : Football Bucs, Schaino sign Eric LeGrand, DT/Rutgers.


Braincase
05-02-2012, 11:55 AM
Yeah, got something in my eye.

Link (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7881254/tampa-bay-buccaneers-sign-injured-rutgers-dt-eric-legrand-symbolic-gesture)

TAMPA, Fla. -- In a symbolic gesture, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/tam/tampa-bay-buccaneers) signed Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand (http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/_/id/382171/eric-legrand), whose playing career was ended by a spinal cord injury, on Wednesday morning.
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.
<cite>-- Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano,
on signing Eric LeGrand </cite> LeGrand played for Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers. In a game Oct. 16, 2010, against Army, LeGrand suffered fractures of two vertebrae and a spinal cord injury.



Schiano called LeGrand's mother in New Jersey to let her know of his intention the night before breaking the news to his former player.
"I said, 'Are you serious? You want to do this?' He said: 'It's the least we could do,' " LeGrand said Wednesday during a conference call. "I said I don't even know what to say to you right now, coach. This is amazing.


"It's something I always dreamed about, go to the NFL and retire and become a sportscaster," LeGrand added. "Dreams do come true if you really believe. You do the right things in life, good things happen to you. He really just did this out of the kindness of his heart. It's really what he wanted to do. I had no idea this was going to happen."
LeGrand initially was told he would be a quadriplegic and would have to remain on a ventilator.



Five weeks later, LeGrand began breathing on his own. Later, he became able to stand upright with the aid of a metal frame.
LeGrand resumed his studies in spring 2011. He led the Scarlet Knights onto the field for an Oct. 29, 2011, game and has remained close with Schiano.


"Leading up to the draft, I couldn't help but think that this should've been Eric's draft class," Schiano said. "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 Buccaneers also decided to make the signing May 2, to represent LeGrand's college number (52).



He put up a photo of a Tampa Bay helmet on his Twitter page, tweeting, "We ready!!!"


"It's a symbolic gesture. They can't give me any money with the salary cap and all that kind of stuff," LeGrand said in his conference call. "It's symbolic, something coach wanted to do and I appreciate that. It just shows the man that he is."


LeGrand is planning to graduate this fall with a degree in labor studies.

Braincase
05-02-2012, 11:56 AM
With some of the other things going on around me this week, I needed to read a story like that. GMH.

Dicky McElephant
05-02-2012, 11:59 AM
Pretty fucking cool.

Dicky McElephant
05-02-2012, 11:59 AM
Oh....and I bet he'd beat out Sims or Haynesworth if they were still there.

Zeke
05-02-2012, 12:01 PM
Very cool.

JD10367
05-02-2012, 12:05 PM
Can he play quarterback? /ChiefsPlanet

Chiefnj2
05-02-2012, 01:46 PM
"I'm thankful that I was -- check that: I am -- an athlete. I was squatting 605 pounds at the time of my injury. There's no question that the muscle has helped in rehab. But even more important is the athlete's mentality. At Rutgers, Coach Schiano has a saying: one-eleventh. You're one of 11 guys, each with his own responsibility and skills. So focus on your job. That's what I'm doing now: focusing on my responsibility. Rehab is like my football training camp. This is my new life and I've adjusted. But I'm working my hardest to get out of it and get to the "regular season."

"I believe I will walk again. I do. When that happens, I already know what I'm going to do. I'll go to Giants Stadium and find the exact spot in the field where I went down. I'll lie there for a second. And then I'll get up on my own power and walk away."

whoman69
05-02-2012, 02:02 PM
Nice gesture.

Predarat
05-02-2012, 02:49 PM
Wow a good story in some darker times.

Thig Lyfe
05-02-2012, 02:51 PM
Stupid move. The guy's slow even for a DT.

CrazyPhuD
05-02-2012, 03:36 PM
Stupid move. The guy's slow even for a DT.

He's still more mobile than cassel though.