Tired of all of the off-field crap in the sport? Here’s some pretty cool future on-field news to brighten your mood.
Tuesday, Penn State and Rutgers announced that Eric LeGrand and Adam Taliaferro will serve as honorary captains for the Sept. 13 Nittany Lions-Scarlet Knights game in Piscataway, the first-ever Big Ten meeting for the two Eastern football programs. LeGrand and Taliaferro, a New Jersey native, will take part in the pregame coin toss.
Both of the players, of course, sustained severe spinal cord injuries during their collegiate playing days, LeGrand in 2010 and Taliaferro in 2000. The latter — given a five percent chance by doctors of ever walking again — has made a full recovery, while LeGrand’s fight to do the same has inspired millions worldwide.
During the initial stages of LeGrand’s recovery at the Kessler Institute, Taliaferro was one of those who paid him a visit.
“For me, it’s an absolute honor to share this with Eric,” Taliaferro said in quotes distributed by the two schools. “Eric has inspired me ever since his injury and continues to do so each and every day.”
“It’s going to be pretty cool,” said LeGrand, whose No. 52 is the only retired jersey in Rutgers history. “Adam is a role model for me. From meeting him for the first time, seeing him on his feet again when doctors told him he’d never be on his feet, he has really pushed me during my recovery.
“He’s still a big inspiration to me.”
Spectacular. And well done by both schools, bringing these two inspirational figures onto the same football field, together.