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Taking all factors into account “character,” both considerably important yet more often than not tragically overlooked in the NFL, is the greatest thing Greg Schiano brings to the table.
Schiano chose to take on the head coaching job at Rutgers knowing full well how arduous the task was before him. After successive poor seasons, he stayed on to complete what he had intended in the beginning.
But what I believe typifies the man the most is that after reaching much acclaim in 2006, leading the Scarlet Knights to 11-2, reaching No. 12 in the AP, and recording a bowl victory, Schiano stayed. After managing success for a string of consecutive seasons he remained at Rutgers when many would have left for greener pastures anew.
He may have left Rutgers earlier than his contract had stipulated but there is no denying the man is loyal or at least more so than most in this business.
After taking the job in Tampa, one of his four children asked him “What about Eric [LeGrand]?” The former Rutgers player has become an important member of the Schiano household since his tragic injury in 2010. Schiano said, “I told the kid we’d bring Eric down to Tampa, he’ll stay at the house and we’ll turn him into a Bucs fan.”
This is the sort of man that players look up to, respect and play for.