Tampa Bay continues adding to their 2012 draft class success with the signing of an undrafted free-agent, Eric LeGrand.
LeGrand is the former Rutgers player who suffered a severe and heart-breaking injury in 2010. He has fought a tough battle since the injury while providing inspiration to many as well.
The former high school linebacker verbally committed to Greg Schiano and Rutgers during the early spring of 2007, before entering his senior season at Colonia High School in New Jersey. LeGrand also received offers from Temple and Maryland, but he did not waver between the three, by taking only one official visit during the recruiting process to his in-state, soon to be alma mater. His official visit also took place months after his verbal commitment and once his senior season of high school football had finished. His dedication to Coach Schiano would return
Eric LeGrand didn’t experience a senior season on a college football field though. The well documented injury in which he broke two vertebrae during a game against Army ended his football career. Or so he thought.
The new Tampa Bay Buccaneers boss reached-out in a way indescribable by words. Tampa Bay signed LeGrand and his name will forever show as a transaction under their team history. Officially a member of the team even if for only one day.
Graduation is on the near horizon as he is due to finish his degree in late 2012. His rehabilitation process may never end but he will continue to believe forever.
Greg Schiano hasn’t coached an NFL game yet, but he has already accomplished a win.