Bucs inspiration Eric LeGrand retires - FOX 13 News

Bucs inspiration Eric LeGrand retires

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers inspiration Eric LeGrand announced his retirement Friday morning.

LeGrand was signed by the team as a tribute on May 2. In 2010, he suffered two fractured vertebrae and a serious spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed.

Despite being told he would be a quadriplegic and resigned to a ventilator, LeGrand never quit working. Just five weeks after the injury, he resumed breathing on his own – without the ventilator.

Later, he even became able to stand upright with the help of a metal frame. A player at Rutgers, LeGrand formed a strong bond with now-head coach Greg Schiano.

This year at the 2012 ESPYs he was honored with the Jimmy V Aware for Perseverance. He is currently in the process of writing a book.

The Buccaneers said Friday LeGrand will be placed on the Buccaneers' reserve/retired list.  

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