Eric LeGrand was a pretty good football player for Rutgers. Tragically, he was paralyzed in a play against Army18 months ago.
Greg Schiano was a pretty good football coach at Rutgers. Good enough that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired him to be their head coach a couple of months back.
And that is where Schiano showed his loyalty to one of those players who helped make him look so good as a college coach, and the organization he now works for showed a little bit of compassion for a young man who always dreamed of playing in the NFL.
Paralyzed defensive tackle Eric LeGrand has been signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
LeGrand broke two vertebrae and suffered a serious spinal cord injury on Oct. 16, 2010 during a kickoff return against Army. His coach at Rutgers then, Greg Schiano, now is coach of the Bucs.
Schiano called LeGrand's mother in New Jersey to let her know of his intention the night before breaking the news to his former player.
"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."
What can I say? This shows some real class.