A couple weeks ago, we mentioned how pleased we were that the Jacksonville Jaguars were placing an emphasis on marriage. Today, we’re delighted to highlight how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand to its 90-man offseason roster. LeGrand, who played for new Buccaneers’ head coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers, suffered a spinal cord injury as a college junior and hasn’t walked in almost 2 years. But that does not deter the Bucs:
“If Tampa Bay’s personnel department developed a scouting report on LeGrand,” the team wrote, “as they do on all players they are considering signing, the first line was surely: ‘Will never quit.’”
Said Schiano: “Leading up to the draft, I couldn’t help but think that this should’ve been Eric’s draft class. 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.”
Way to go Bucs! And way to go, Eric. Thanks for being a great example of how a good man deals with difficulty. Here are 10 ways to encourage disabled children. And you can point to the Bucs’ Greg Schiano and Eric LeGrand as shining examples for those special-needs kids who wonder if they can ever live life to its fullest.
Huddle up with your kids this month and say: “Let’s write a note of encouragement to a special-needs child we know.”