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LeGrand appreciative of number retirement

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Perhaps it is appropriate that a week filled with scandal news and reports will see a special moment that will bring smiles to our faces and perhaps a tear in the eye. Rutgers will formally retire Eric LeGrand‘s No. 52 this Saturday when the Scarlet Knights host Eastern Michigan. Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood made the announcement during The American’s summer media day event in Rhode Island in July. LeGrand has taken everything that has happened since his career ending injury in stride, and as you might expect by now he is not taking the honor of having his uniform number retired without a great sense of appreciation and gratitude.

“You know how I am — I don’t think I’ll get too emotional,” LeGrand said in a story published by “But it’s going to be a great day, it’s going to be a great feeling, and I’m ready to talk to the crowd. I can’t tell you what my message will be yet, but it’s going to be a good one.”

LeGrand suffered a spinal cord injury in a game against Army in 2010, paralyzing him from the neck down. LeGrand has worked to regain some control over his body and has served as an inspirational story for Rutgers fans and the entire college football world. LeGrand’s uniform will be the first to be retired in the history of the Rutgers football program, but Flood has said the day LeGrand has the ability to walk again the uniform number will come out of retirement and used as a special uniform number within the program, used to honor one special individual or leader.

This is a tremendous honor for LeGrand, but after a scandal-filled week we can all soak it in as well.

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3 Responses to “LeGrand appreciative of number retirement”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 12, 2013 6:00 PM

    Eric LeGrand is a man of class. Rutgers is doing a classy thing here.

    Congratulations for LeGrand and Rutgers.

    Thank you Eric for helping and encouraging so many other athletes who have suffered paralyzing injuries. Keep us the great work!

  2. Kevin McGuire says: Sep 12, 2013 9:48 PM

    Why anyone would give this a thumbs down is beyond me.

  3. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 12, 2013 10:28 PM


    I agree, wholeheartedly! But as a somewhat long time poster here on CFT, I have noted negatives posted on numerous stories and postings of condolences and well wishes and prayers.

    One was a story in which the Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher and his wife Candi asked for prayer for their son suffering from Fanconi anemia, a life-threatening blood disorder. Negatives were posted.

    On some other stories some posters posted some spiteful and vulgar comments when a player was injured. It is a different kind of football fan of which I am familiar. A few JT had to ban due to their blatant racism.

    Usually, by the end of the life of the story, the good regular posters come to the story and balance the unbalanced ones. At least that is what I hope continues to happen.

    May Eric LeGrand continue to live his dream and may all his dreams be fulfilled and he continue to be such an inspiration to all. Good thing you are doing Rutgers!

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