Here we have the best undrafted free agent story of the year. Prepare for dustiness: former Rutgers Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano, now coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has signed Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed while covering a kickoff return for Rutgers in 2010.
"Leading up to the draft, I couldn’t help but think that this should’ve been Eric’s draft class," said Schiano. "This small gesture is the least we could do to recognize his character, spirit, and perseverance. The way Eric lives his life epitomizes what we are looking for in Buccaneer Men."
So, yep, go Bucs.
LeGrand won't play, of course, but it's still a cool move.
Since his tragic injury, LeGrand has become something of a hero, tweeting frequent messages of encouragement and pictures of his own recovery. He's set to graduate later this year and has taken up interest in broadcasting.
Last year, LeGrand led his teammates onto the field before a game, wheelchair and all.
While we’re here, let’s watch some college football videos from SB Nation’s new YouTube channel together: