Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 11:38 a.m.
The Bucs did a cool thing this week.
We're not anywhere near Tampa, but the Dolphins have had one winning season in six years, and the Marlins went and stole a half-billion dollars
from taxpayers to build a stadium, so here's a story that shows that at least one Florida sports team can make a nice gesture.
Now, he's a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.
The likely source of the move is Bucs Head Coach Greg Schiano, who spent a season as defensive coordinator at the University of Miami before going to Rutgers in 2000. He was head coach there through last season, where he coached Nate Jones, Ray Rice, and LeGrand, who recorded 60 tackles and 2.5 sacks through the beginning of his junior year.
He's stuck in a wheelchair for now, but Schiano signed him to the team's 90-man offseason roster Tuesday.
"Leading up to the draft, I couldn't help but think that this should've been Eric's draft class," Schiano said, in a release. "This small gesture is the least we could do to recognize his character, spirit, and perseverance."
The Bucs statement says Schiano "was there when LeGrand fell stiffly to the Giants Stadium turf and didn't get up, and he was there at his hospital bed that evening and he will remain there for every step forward LeGrand takes in his recovery and his life."
It also offers what the first line of the Bucs' scouting report of LeGrand would be: "Will never quit."