NFL: The League Needs to Start Selling Eric LeGrand Jerseys

Mike SalvatoreCorrespondent IIIMay 3, 2012

Yesterday was a very newsworthy day for the NFL.

We heard about the tragic passing of future Hall of Famer Junior Seau, commissioner Roger Goodell handed out punishment to several New Orleans Saints players for their role in “BountyGate,” and lastly, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed former Rutgers defensive tackle, Eric LeGrand to a contract.

Now, while the first two stories have been dominating the headlines due to tragedy and conspiracy, LeGrand’s story gives us all reason to hope and believe.

As several of my peers and I discussed yesterday, the signing of Eric LeGrand is a great story that speaks of how far the young man has come since becoming paralyzed nearly two years ago.

But why stop there?

I am sure I am not the first person to think of this, but the Buccaneers and the NFL must release an Eric LeGrand jersey for this upcoming season; and all proceeds should go to a charity of
LeGrand’s choosing.

Yes, 100%.

I’ve been to a handful of Rutgers games over the last two years, and the stadium is awash in scarlet jerseys and t-shirts with either LeGrand’s name on the back or his trademark “Believe.”

Living in the tri-state area has given me added exposure to LeGrand’s journey, and through it all he has approached everything with a positive attitude and a smile.

How could you not want to support that?

How could you not cheer for LeGrand to continue the incredible progress he has made since October 2010?

In the world we live in now, where we are exposed to lies, deceit, and tragedy at almost every turn, LeGrand’s smile and determination is something everyone can get behind.

The NFL loves to get involved in community programs and charitable causes, and this one seems like a no-brainer to me.

Eric LeGrand is living proof that the human spirit is an amazing thing, and I can only hope the NFL takes the next step on this amazing story.

I can’t wait to get my own #52 Eric LeGrand jersey for this upcoming season.