Bucs' Eric LeGrand writes about ESPYs, unique perspective
Eric LeGrand has been enjoying the spotlight lately, agreeing recently to a two-book deal with a major publisher and, last week, receiving an honor on national television at ESPN's ESPY Awards in Los Angeles.
Today, LeGrand relays many of the fascinating experiences he’s had in a guest column on SI.com, where he’s filling in for noted writer Peter King in the “Monday Morning Quarterback” column.
LeGrand, a former Rutgers player who was paralyzed in a game in 2010, signed in May with the Bucs and his former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano in a symbolic gesture. He’s still on the roster with players reporting for training camp late next week, but look for him to be placed on the retired list sometime soon.
In today’s column, LeGrand writes, among other things, about playing under Schiano.
“Playing for Coach Schiano at Rutgers was never an easy thing,” LeGrand wrote. “Coach loves to work his players and turn them into men – men who will support their families and be leaders in this world. Everything we did at Rutgers had to be done the hard way, because Coach believed that's how you learn best.”
That’s been evident just from watching Schiano work during this summer, but it’s interesting to hear it from someone who knows him better than most of his current players.
Later in his column, LeGrand touched on the perspective he’s gained since his injury.
“I have come to realize that what happened to me was for the better, because I have been able to touch so many more people in my life than I would have ever dreamed of if I was still playing football,” he wrote. “I truly believe everything happens for a reason, and I plan on doing great things in my life.”
LeGrand is honest and entertaining in his column, so be sure to take a look.