Eric LeGrand signed by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Eric LeGrandThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed a Rutgers defensive tackle this year, nothing special there except that the extraordinary person they have signed is Eric LeGrand who has been paralyzed from the neck down by an injury sustained on the field during a game with ARMY.

Since that fateful game in October 2010 Eric LeGrand has exemplified the finest fighting spirit, working diligently to heal his body as much as he possibly could. A year later a wheel-chair bound Eric led his Rutgers University team onto the field during a snow storm while enthusiastic fans chanted his jersey number. This image was blazed on the covers of Sports Illustrated with readers voting Mr. LeGrands return to the field the 2011 “moment of the year”. When Greg Schiano his head coach at Rutgers moved to the Buccaneers, he signed Eric as a salute to his character.

Eric LeGrands generosity is also inspirational, he has taken on a role as an advocate for spinal cord research and spreads his message of hope through his messages on Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Mr. LeGrand has always been actively involved in the community, working with charities even before his injury turned the spot light on him. He says that his motivation is “Putting a smile on somebody’s face” and that he really wants to inspire people to learn from his experience to take hope and learn to fight to be “the best that they can be”.

Mr. LeGrand has documented his road to recovery online, his Facebook timeline has about 47000 followers, with about 60,000 people following him on Twitter. A photograph that he tweeted of himself standing with the help of a machine last July garnered a lot of support. Social network has allowed him to touch the lives of many people teaching by his example to remain positive and look ahead no matter what obstacle life throws your way. Mr. LeGrand is hoping to make a career as a sports broadcaster.

 

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