Yes, you read the title correctly. Greg Schiano announced the signing of Eric LeGrand today for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a move that has been highly praised by not only NFL analysts, but also fans, and people in general across the globe.
As you may know, LeGrand was paralyzed playing football for Rutgers, and the diagnosis looked terrible. LeGrand defied all logic by his quick recovery, and is still working hard to get to full strength this day.
"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 released today by Rutgers and the Buccaneers. "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 a class move by not only Schiano, but also the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization. It shows that Schiano, while leaving Rutgers, is still loyal to the men he brought up in his system and treated like a father (sometimes an angry father, to be fair) for years.
While Schiano left, he is still a member of the Rutgers family. Great to see this move.