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Calling himself a 'Buc for life,' Eric LeGrand announces his retirement



Eric LeGrand's pro football career won't involve any highlights or memorable wins. But for a young man who, by all appearances had seen his dream destroyed, just having been a part of an NFL roster is more than enough.

LeGrand, coach Greg Schiano's paralyzed former Rutgers player, announced his retirement from the NFL today. LeGrand was signed to a contract by the Bucs in May as a sort of gesture that allowed him to fulfill a dream that seemed impossible after he suffered a catastrophic injury during a game in 2010.

LeGrand's move to the reserve/retired list opens a roster spot for the Bucs, who are reporting to training camp today.

“Making it to the NFL was my dream," LeGrand said in a statement. "But now I want to see my team as strong as possible at the start of training  camp. I’m a Buc for life.”

It's expected that LeGrand will always have a relationship with the team for as long as Schiano is the coach. Look for him to attend a game or two in Tampa this season in his motorized wheelchair. And LeGrand, a New Jersey resident, already has plans to meet up with the Bucs when they travel to the Meadowlands to play the Giants in September.

We knew LeGrand woudn't be a fixture on the roster, as the spots are just too precious to use on a player who cannot help the team. But that doesn't appear to make this any less significant for LeGrand who, by the way, continues to make great strides in his rehab.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 26, 2012 9:38am]


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