In one of the classiest moves of the off-season, Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano has signed his former Rutgers defensive tackle, Eric LeGrand to a free agent contract with the team.
LeGrand was paralyzed from the neck down in an on the field incident back in 2010 against Army. He has since fought against all odds, including being taken off a respirator after five weeks when Doctors told him he would need it for the rest of his life. Then, in October, LeGrand led Schiano and the team onto the field for a home game against West Virginia.
The signing adds LeGrand to the Bucs 90 man roster and Schiano says that the move epitomizes the type of person that the new leadership is looking for.
“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. The way Eric lives his life epitomizes what we are looking for in Buccaneer Men.”