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Eric LeGrand Signs Contract with the Buccanneers

By Alan Schechter

Dec 24, 2011; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights former player Eric Legrand on the sidelines before the game between the New York Giants and New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

With the Bounty news, as well as the story about Junior Seau, let’s not forget the feel good story of the day from this morning.

Eric LeGrand, the player paralyzed on a play while in college at Rutgers, got the surprise of his life. He received a phone call offering, and he accepted, a contract from the Tampa Bay Buccanneers. They cannot give him money due to the salary cap, this was simply a symbolic gesture. Greg Schiano was Legrand’s coach at Rutgers, and he regards Schiano as a father figure.

“Leading up to the draft, I couldn’t help but think that this should’ve been Eric’s draft class,” Schiano said in a statement. “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.”

What does it symbolize?  That in a league where a lot of unfortunate events occur, some good still is out there.

Congratulations to Eric LeGrand, and kudos to Greg Schiano and the Bucs organization.