The Tampa Bay Buccaneers showed true class today, signing Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand.
As many of you know, LeGrand's career ended last year when he got paralyzed.
Bucs coach, Greg Schiano, coached LeGrand back with the Scarlet Knights and made the symbolic gesture today.
"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 is making a great recovery so far as he plans to stand upright someday again.
"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."
"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."
LeGrand took the news to Twitter, repping the Bucs helmet:
We ready!!! twitter.com/EricLeGrand52/…
— Eric LeGrand (@EricLeGrand52) May 2, 2012
Overall, a great move by Tampa Bay making someone's dream come true.
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