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In a symbolic gesture, the Tampa Bay Bucs have signed Eric Legrand, who if you all remember, was paralyzed during play against Army while at Rutgers in 2010. His story of being told he was going to be a quadriplegic on a ventilator his whole life, to now being able to stand with support resonates a lot with us Michigan fans because of Brock Mealer. Greg Schiano and the Bucs just earned a whole lot of respect from me for making this move.
Some good news for you on American Thanksgiving. A positive follow up to a tragic story that hopefully will have a very happy ending.
Eric LeGrand is a Rutgers defensive tackle who was hit during a game against Army and paralyzed entirely from the neck down. Initially, he was diagnosed with a complete spinal cord injury and placed on a ventilator to help him breathe. Two days ago, the NYtimes is reporting that he has been "reclassified" (downgraded?) to an incomplete spinal cord injury and is breathing on his own, sans ventilator. Basically any improvement to his current condition is a good sign for hope of future rehabilitation.
"We want to thank everyone for all of the love and support for Eric, it has really been beneficial to his recovery," the LeGrand family said in a statement. "Please continue to keep Eric in your prayers."
So today we can also give thanks for that.