Eric Legrand was a defensive tackle at Rutgers University until he suffered a career ending spinal cord injury. Since then he has been signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, won the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the 2012 ESPYs, had his number 52 retired by the Rutgers Football team and was named the Most Influential Person in New Jersey Sports by the Star Ledger.
Eric's number retirement ceremony. The first and only number retired in school history.
It has been 6 years to the day since Eric LeGrand suffered a career-ending, and life-altering spinal cord injury while making a tackle on a kick-off late in the game against the Army Black Knights at Met Life stadium. I was on the sideline that game working as a student manager for the Rutgers football team. I had my eye off the field for a moment, but when I heard the impact and the roar from the crowd, I remember immediately