Who is Eric LeGrand?
A) A former Rutgers Scarlet Knight, until he was paralyzed on October 16th, 2010, in a game against Army.
B) A Buccaneers defensive tackle, signed on May 2nd, 2012, to a contract with no value.
C) The icon of the Eric LeGrand Foundation, which was created with the purpose of researching spinal cord injuries and supporting those with injured spinal cords.
D) All of the Above
The answer is D.
Eric LeGrand recently visited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' training complex to speak to the players and announce the sale of "Eric LeGrand game jerseys." Profits from the sale of these jerseys will go to his foundation, one with a very noble cause.
He had quite the impact on the players, giving them inspiration like no other person could.
As per USA Today, Gerald McCoy had this to say:
"If you never found any type of motivation before, listening to him talk is definitely a confidence and motivation builder. He's a strong-willed guy. He's just a great person."
In addition, LeGrand provides perspective to players caught up in egos and selfishness in the tide of $1 million contracts and international fame.
"We always complain about a bunch of nothing," McCoy added. "For a guy to have the sport he loves taken away from him completely to be as happy as he's ever been, what can we really complain about?"
Not only does LeGrand ground those football-playing one percenters, he also can teach each and every one of us about a little thing called thankfulness.
Lost your keys?
LeGrand lost movement below his neck.
Bossman's giving you grief?
LeGrand had to finish college through a series of video conferences.
But still, LeGrand is happy, smiling and just enjoying life. Every day he fights just to be able to walk again. And yet through all of this, he is selfless; donating his time and energy to others—to people he does not know.
Per USA Today:
"LeGrand's Buccaneers jersey is available on the team's website. In addition to raising money for spinal cord research, the paralyzed player said proceeds also will help 'people who don't have the right insurance or the right equipment in their recovery, all the stuff I was fortunate to have because of my insurance.'"
So just buy the jersey already.
Here's the link.