In today’s sports world it seems like everyone is looking for a competitive advantage. Owners, general managers, head coaches and agents have all become money hungry cut-throats.
Well, most of them anyways.
On Wednesday the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made one of the classiest sports moves in recent memory when head coach Greg Schiano signed his former Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand. In case you’re not familiar with the situation, LeGrand suffered fractures of two vertebrae and a serious spinal cord injury during a Rutgers-Army game back in 2010.
The injury left him paralyzed and doctors told him he would be a quadriplegic and resigned to a ventilator.
Thankfully, that wasn’t the case. Just five weeks after the injury he was breathing on his own and eventually he was able to stand upright.
The Bucs will lose money and cap space for signing LeGrand, but they don’t care. Coach Schiano thinks it’s well worth it.
“Leading up to the draft, I couldn’t help but think that this should’ve been Eric’s draft class,” said Coach 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.”
The Buccaneers have won over thousands of fans by making this unbelievable kind gesture.