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Tampa Bay Buc’s Sign Paralyzed Rutgers Player [VIDEO]

This is probably the best story to come out of the NFL in the past 48 hours.  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign Paralyzed Rutgers player Eric LeGrand.  LeGrand broke two vertebrae and suffered a serious spinal cord injury in a game against Army in 2010. 

New Tampa Bay Head Coach Greg Schiano and former Rutgers Head Coach described the signing as a small gesture to recognize LeGrand’s character, spirit, and gesture.

LeGrand says “It’s a symbolic gesture. They can’t give me any money with the salary cap and all that kind of stuff, it’s symbolic, something Coach wanted to do and I appreciate that. It just shows the man that he is.”

The Bucs are shipping a No. 52 Jersey along with a helmet and contract.

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
Eric LeGrand

Coach Schiano couldn’t help but think of LeGrand as he was preparing for last weekend’s draft.  The player would have been a senior last season and could have been selected had he now been injured.


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