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Eric LeGrand retires, becomes a “Buc for life”

As the Buccaneers take the field for training camp, they’re already short a player.

Although by announcing his retirement, defensive tackle Eric LeGrand became a “Buc for life.”

LeGrand, who was paralyzed while playing for Bucs coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers, was signed in May as an inspirational gesture. But Thursday, he was officially placed on the reserve-retired list to create a roster spot.

“Making it to the NFL was my dream. But now I want to see my team as strong as possible at the start of Training Camp,” LeGrand said, via the team’s official website. “I’m a Buc for life.”

LeGrand has spent time with the Bucs this summer, giving an emotional speech in the locker room to his teammates. He also plans to come back to Tampa often to continue to work with the team.

But his primary goal will be continuing his rehabilitation in hopes of walking again someday, and inspiring others with spinal injuries.

We wish him well as he pursues both goals.

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6 Responses to “Eric LeGrand retires, becomes a “Buc for life””
  1. fitz66 says: Jul 26, 2012 9:33 AM

    Coach Schiano has shown nothing but class in Tampa so far.

  2. big007hed says: Jul 26, 2012 9:35 AM

    Amazing story and inspiration. I hope he can keep talking to this team and give them some fire to keep pushing! Go Bucs and Go Eric Legrand!

  3. Picked_Off says: Jul 26, 2012 9:53 AM

    It’s too bad we see more stories about DUIs and drug arrests coming out of the NFL than stuff like this.

  4. derrickbrooks4president says: Jul 26, 2012 9:55 AM

    Best of luck Eric. Your a career was already better than Ron Holmes, Keith McCants, and Charles McRae. Hope that you stay in the Tampa area.

  5. gotampabay52 says: Jul 26, 2012 11:05 AM

    Best #52 ever Nate webster, Ian Gold, jeff faine Eric best of luck to ya Go Bucs

  6. granadafan says: Jul 26, 2012 1:17 PM

    Class act by Coach Schiano and the Bucs. Best of luck to LeGrand in his recover and career.

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