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Eric LeGrand’s No. 52 to be first retired jersey in Rutgers history

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Rutgers’ Sept. 14 game against Eastern Michigan will be a special occasion for the Scarlet Knights. Coach Kyle Flood confirmed during AAC media day that the school will retire Eric LeGrand‘s No. 52 jersey just before kickoff.

Additionally, Flood said that when LeGrand walks again, the jersey number will be unretired and will hold a special meaning within the program.

We’re excited to be able to do that for him and his family,” Flood said. “It will be a great day, not just for Rutgers football, but for the LeGrand family and everybody that’s associated with us.”

LeGrand sustained a significant spinal cord injury during a 2010 game against Army that left him paralyzed from the neck down. However, LeGrand has slowly but surely regained some sensation in his extremities. His hard work in rehab and positive attitude has made him one of the most inspirational figures in sports today.

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10 Responses to “Eric LeGrand’s No. 52 to be first retired jersey in Rutgers history”
  1. southernpatriots says: Jul 30, 2013 10:25 PM

    Eric has been an inspiration to so many who have suffered spinal injuries and paralysis due to other injuries. He has encouraged so many children and youth and adults. His positive attitude and testimony has positively affected even more.

    It is long legendary history Rutgers has never retired a football jersey and Eric Legrand’s #52 will be the first.

    Congratulations Eric and well done Rutgers!

  2. Deb says: Jul 30, 2013 10:50 PM

    LeGrand has been a wonderful example of courage through adversity and a positive role model to everyone who knows his story. So happy to see Rutgers honor Eric this way.

  3. swampcannons says: Jul 30, 2013 11:51 PM

    Bucs fan here and just want to say what an inspiration Eric Legrand is!! Tremendous showing of strength and never one to feel sorry for himself. A lot of people could learn from this guy. And Rutgers fans, thank you for sending us Schiano. A lot of naysayers have criticized him for being a college coach in the NFL but he really has turned Tampa Bay around. Absolutely pathetic in 2011 and zero discipline to a very promising squad now due in part to his leadership. Here’s to success for Rutgers’ program going forward.

  4. tendigitpoet says: Jul 31, 2013 1:23 AM

    Can’t wait to see him walk, that will be a hugely blessed day.

  5. thegamecocker says: Jul 31, 2013 8:18 AM

    Rutger’s is a great school with much class. This is just another action that displays what this university is about and how much it cares for all its students, be they athlete or regular rank-in-file student. Eric Legrand is a wonderful person and indeed an inspiration to all. We all await the day he takes his first step.

  6. polegojim says: Jul 31, 2013 9:36 AM

    Wonderfully honorable.

  7. ningenito78 says: Jul 31, 2013 11:53 AM

    As a Rutgers fan and season ticket holder, I couldn’t be more proud and thankful to have a person like LeGrand represent RU. He’s the one consistent ray of light at a time when too many people think guys like Mike Rice are what RU stands for. He isn’t. It’s a class university with class people associate with it. Congrats Eric. Beyond deserving of this honor.

  8. alligatorsnapper says: Jul 31, 2013 12:09 PM

    Eric Legrand is class, a capital CLASS. I would hope that I would act with such dignity and class should something like that happen to me, but I don’t think I would…Rutgers, this is class for you as well.

    You deserve all this and all other good that happens to you Eric!

  9. jaybyrd99 says: Jul 31, 2013 2:11 PM

    What a wonderful gesture for a great and inspirational young man ! I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Eric speak to a roomful of students and the courage and unbelievably positive energy he exhibited had the students and adults amazed . Very proud of my alma mater for bestowing this honor on a such a deserving individual

  10. nflofficeadmin says: Jul 31, 2013 10:51 PM

    This young man deserves every good thing that comes his way in life. A strong spirit.

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