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Old 05-02-2012, 10:59 AM   #1
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Default One of the best offseason moves...

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed Eric LeGrand to an undrafted free agent contract. If you don't know who Eric LeGrand is, he's the Rutgers football player who was paralyzed on a special teams play two years ago.

Very, very classy move by Coach Greg Schiano and the Bucs.




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TAMPA, Fla. -- Eric LeGrand just finished one of the more unique conference calls in the history of conference calls for undrafted free agents.

That’s largely because LeGrand is one of the most unique rookies to ever get an NFL contract. He didn’t get any money and he won’t play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he signed a contract with them Wednesday morning and spoke with the media a few minutes after the news was announced.

LeGrand played defensive tackle for Rutgers before he suffered a spinal cord injury in 2010. Although he initially was told he would be paralyzed and would have to stay on a ventilator, LeGrand was breathing on his own five weeks after the injury. Since then, he has regained some movement. He continues to insist that he will walk again.

“I’m going to keep fighting,’’ LeGrand said. “I don’t know when it’s going to happen, but I know it is going to happen.’’

LeGrand currently is living with his mother in an apartment in Woodbridge, N.J., as they wait for a new house to be built that is handicapped accessible. LeGrand said that house will be ready by Christmas. He continues to take classes at Rutgers and is closing in on his degree. LeGrand said he wants to pursue a career in sports broadcasting and already has met with an official from ESPN and could have some other opportunities. Physically, LeGrand goes to therapy three times a week and continues to make progress. He is able to stand with the help of a metal frame and now can sit up on his own for about 15 minutes at a time.

“I wasn’t supposed to do any of this,’’ LeGrand said. “This is exciting for me.’’

The signing with Tampa Bay is the continuation of a close bond LeGrand formed with Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano when the two were at Rutgers. Since leaving Rutgers in January, Schiano has called LeGrand about once a week.

“Coach Schiano is like a father figure,’’ LeGrand said. “Going into Rutgers as a little boy and now I’m coming out a man. In life you can’t control what cards you’re dealt. He helped me with all that.’’

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Old 05-02-2012, 07:12 PM   #2
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Class Act from a classy organization...


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Old 05-02-2012, 07:22 PM   #3
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Maybe I'm a dick, but I don't really get it. Cool, you let him sign a piece of paper.
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:36 PM   #4
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Maybe I'm a dick, but I don't really get it. Cool, you let him sign a piece of paper.

Yeah I'm with you. Its a cool move but I'm not going to go any further than saying that.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:13 PM   #5
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Default Re: One of the best offseason moves...




Ya'll are both dicks. The guy was paralyzed playing football in college. They said he'd be a paraplegic, but 5 weeks later, he was breathing on his own and off the system. They said he'd never be able to stand or walk, and he can stand. And he's determined to be able to walk again. He's an incredible young man. I've done a lot of reading up on him today. Follow him on Twitter.

How can you look at this as something like "so what? he signed a piece of paper." That's moronic.

His dream was to be a NFL player. And he signed a contract and is now part of a NFL franchise. Sure, he'll never play. But it's a classy move by the Bucs and Coach Schiano.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:43 PM   #6
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I didnt realize Schiano was his coach at Rutgers. Makes sense.
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Default Re: One of the best offseason moves...

It doesn't mean anything really football-wise for the Bucs really. It's just a feel-good heartwarming type of story that you don't see very often. They even assigned him to a number, #52, the number he wore at Rutgers.

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"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."
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Yeah you're right it is a feel good story, I really cant knock it.
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Makes this Scarlet Knight even prouder.
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Maybe I'm a dick, but I don't really get it. Cool, you let him sign a piece of paper.

No "maybe" about it.

Gave him a chance to sign with the rest of his draft class and to be a part of an NFL franchise, a lifelong dream taken away in a single moment that forever changed every moment of the rest of his life.

It's become a sad world when people can't see the simple value in doing something good and positive for another human being.
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No "maybe" about it.

Gave him a chance to sign with the rest of his draft class and to be a part of an NFL franchise, a lifelong dream taken away in a single moment that forever changed every moment of the rest of his life.

It's become a sad world when people can't see the simple value in doing something good and positive for another human being.

My dream was to make it to the NFL, does that mean the Bucs can sign me as well?
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My dream was to make it to the NFL, does that mean the Bucs can sign me as well?

Did you become paralyzed on the field of play?
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No "maybe" about it.

Gave him a chance to sign with the rest of his draft class and to be a part of an NFL franchise, a lifelong dream taken away in a single moment that forever changed every moment of the rest of his life.

It's become a sad world when people can't see the simple value in doing something good and positive for another human being.


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horrible move.
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My dream was to make it to the NFL, does that mean the Bucs can sign me as well?


Did the opportunity pass you by because you got paralyzed on the field of play, or do you just lack the requisite skills and work ethic?
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