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Rutgers will retire the jersey number of parlayzed former player Eric LeGrand.
Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood made the announcement Tuesday during football media day for the American Athletic Conference.
LeGrand and his No. 52 will be honored in a ceremony Sept. 14 when Rutgers plays at home against Eastern Michigan. It will be the first number retired in the history of the program.
LeGrand broke two vertebrae in October 2010 while making a tackle on a kickoff return against Army. He's had to use a wheelchair since leaving the hospital, but has made enough progress in his rehabilitation to stand upright with the help of a metal frame.
LeGrand is going into his third season as an analyst for Rutgers radio broadcasts.
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Rutgers has never retired a jersey in the programs 144 year history, that's about to
Jason Baum, Senior Associate Director For Communications for Rutgers Athletics send the following tweet:
BREAKING NEWS: @KyleFloodRU announces @RFootball will retire its first jersey number as @EricLeGrand52 No. 52 will never be worn again
— Jason Baum...
Today Rutgers University announced the university will retire Eric LeGrand’s No. 52 jersey on September 14 against Eastern Michigan, making him the first football athlete to have a jersey retired in the program’s 144 year history. The former RU football player suffered a spinal cord injury in 2010 and has remained paralyzed from the neck down since. In response to the news...
Rutgers will be retiring their first jersey in their school’s football history, and very fittingly it will be the #52 which was worn by Eric LeGrand. LeGrand was paralyzed while playing in a game on Oct. 16, 2010, against Army, and has been a source of motivation for millions since that day. LeGrand suffered fractures of two vertebrae and a spinal cord injury and his progress toward...
Rutgers, the oldest football program in the United States of America, has never retired a number in it's program's history. Of course you could argue that's because no one has really be worthy of such an honor, but that all changes this year as the Scarlet Knights will honor former player Eric LeGrand by retiring his number.
.@EricLeGrand52's #52 will be...
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