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New York Giants Show Tremendous Class Asking Eric LeGrand for Sunday's Coin Toss

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 24:  Former Rutgers player Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed last season, watches practice from the sidelines prior to the game between the New York Giants and New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on December 24, 2011 in East Rutherford. New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Doug RushSenior Analyst ISeptember 13, 2012

It's been almost two years since Eric LeGrand's tragic day at MetLife Stadium.

On October 16, 2010, while trying to make a tackle on special teams for Rutgers, LeGrand collided with Army's Malcolm Brown but then lay for several minutes on the turf, not being able to move his legs.

He was deemed paralyzed after fracturing his C3 and C4 cervical vertebrae and will most likely never be able to play football again. However, that has not stopped LeGrand from making an impact on the sport.

This past May, his former college coach, Greg Schiano, signed him to be an honorary member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, showing tremendous class to allow LeGrand to say he was a part of an NFL team despite the severe injury.

Now, according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York, the New York Giants have asked LeGrand to come back to MetLife Stadium and take part in the coin toss for the game between the Giants and Buccaneers.

It'll be the first time LeGrand's family has visited the stadium and Schiano's first time coaching at the stadium since the tragic day back in October of 2010, and it should be a very emotional and touching ceremony before the game for all parties involved.

LeGrand is excited to be taking part in the festivities and to be able to return to MetLife Stadium. Via Youngmisuk, LeGrand told USA Today he'll try to find the 25-yard line he was injured on and "do a few doughnuts in my wheelchair around the spot. And have fun."

For the Giants, to personally ask the former Rutgers graduate to be involved in the game on Sunday shows tremendous class as an organization.

They didn't have to invite LeGrand, but they knew it was the right thing to do and that it would be a special thing for the whole LeGrand family to take part in.

Schiano had a lot of kind words to say about his opponents on Sunday for the ceremony.

This week, I know the Giants have helped out, and the Giants have provided a place for he and his family to watch the game, which I think is awesome of them. Just that he can be there and watch with all the familiarity with both teams and all that. It's just a good New Jersey thing, and a good thing overall for football.

Since his injury, LeGrand has regained some movement in his shoulders and some sensation through his body, which includes his arms.

No matter the outcome of Sunday's game, both the Giants and Buccaneers should be commended for doing right by LeGrand and allowing him to be a part of the NFL in a big capacity.

Although he may never play a down in the NFL, LeGrand's situation can give a lot of people hope to battle and overcome adversity in their lives.

Schiano got it right: The LeGrand situation is a win-win for the Giants, the Buccaneers and for the NFL overall.

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