Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 7/26/12
Eric LeGrand signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in early May knowing he could never play a down. Instead, his presence on the roster the past three months has signified the power of the human spirit. His upbeat presence around One Buc Place has underscored LeGrands determination to achieve a dream following the 2010 football injury that left the then-defensive tackle for Rutgers University paralyzed. With that dream realized thanks to new Bucs head coach Greg Schiano, the man who coached him at Rutgers LeGrand officially announced his retirement Thursday on the eve of training camp. Making it to the NFL was my dream, LeGrand said. But now I want to see my team as strong as possible at the start of training camp. I'm a Buc for life." LeGrand was honored with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance earlier this month at the 2012 ESPYs, as well as Spike TV's 2012 Guysman of the Year Award. He will be placed on the Bucs ReserveRetired list and no doubt continue to find ways to inspire his now-former teammates as they prepare for the 2012 season.
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