Eric LeGrand Retires From The NFL

Dec 24, 2011; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights former player Eric Legrand on the sidelines before the game between the New York Giants and New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Eric LeGrand, signed by the Bucs in May, announced his retirement from football.

Paralyzed on the field in a Rutgers game two years ago, Eric LeGrand has announced his retirement from the NFL. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, now under former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, signed LeGrand in the offseason to fulfill his dream of making an NFL roster. With the team needing that roster spot back, LeGrand announced his retirement and was placed on the reserve/retired list.

"Making it to the NFL was my dream. But now I want to see my team as strong as possible at the start of Training Camp," he said. "I'm a Buc for life."

An inspirational story, to say the least. LeGrand's goals moving forward are to continue his pursuit of walking again and making an impact on others through his foundation.

He is determined to walk again following the football play in 2010 that left him paralyzed from the neck down, and he has already defied the medical odds in many ways. He has also made it a mission to inspire others who have suffered from spinal injuries and to help in the fight to find a cure for paralysis. To that end, he has established the Eric LeGrand Foundation, through which he intends to "inspire a whole world of people and change the world day by day."

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