Rutgers to Retire Eric LeGrand's #52

By Vico on July 30, 2013 at 5:29p

Eric LeGrand

Eric LeGrand's journey from a paralyzing special teams hit suffered in a game against Army has made him a goodwill ambassador in an otherwise polarizing and contentious world of college football. While LeGrand has been confined to a wheelchair since that fateful hit, he believes he will walk again. His doctors have not necessarily shared that same optimism, but his doctors also did not anticipate the considerable progress he has made to this point.

As an inducement to LeGrand to continue his rehabilitation and journey toward walking on his own again, Rutgers has announced it is going to retire his jersey number on Sept. 14th at halftime of a game against Eastern Michigan. The oldest program in FBS, his number will be the first retired by the future Big Ten program.

Rutgers plans to un-retire his number when LeGrand is able to walk again.

"This is a dream come true," LeGrand said in a telephone interview Tuesday. "To be the first one to have his number retired is unreal."

LeGrand and his No. 52 will be honored in a ceremony Sept. 14 when Rutgers plays at home against Eastern Michigan.

"We're excited to be able to do that for him and his family," Scarlet Knight coach Kyle Flood said at American Athletic Conference media day. "It will be a great day, not just for Rutgers football, but for the LeGrand family and everybody that's associated with us."

We obviously hope to see the day when #52 is un-retired by Rutgers.


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Baroclinicity's picture

We obviously hope to see the day when #52 is un-retired by Rutgers.


When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Hovenaut's picture

Good for Eric LeGrand, and a heartwarming offseason story....few and far between these days.

Unky Buck's picture

That is awesome. Nothing more needs to be said. And I certainly hope they unretire his number as well.

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

AndyVance's picture

Well done, Rutgers.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Best of luck to Eric!  Great story, I wish him nothing but the best.  Glad to hear this feel good story coming out of Rutgers. 

toad1204's picture

Classy move new friend. 

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

jeremytwoface's picture

THIS is the kind of sports stories we need to be hearing... 
I'm sick of all of this attention given to which frat party Johnny Manziel has been thrown out of this week.
Bravo, Rutgers

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

Maestro's picture

Go Eric 

vacuuming sucks

XUbuckeye's picture

Class move by Rutgers. Let Adam Taliaferro show that it's possible Eric! Well wishes on the recovery. 

"So when you get knocked on your butt, get up, get over it, and then next time, kick their ass." - Woody Hayes 

Dr. House's picture

this is one of the classiest moves by a school period. does anyone know his chances of walking again?

DefendYoungstown's picture

Good job Rutgers, classy move!

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Just straight class.   I love this!   I hope he RUNS back on the field, screw just walking.   GO ERIC

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

acBuckeye's picture

And when they un-retire his number, maybe they can award that #52 jersey every year after to a deserving member of the team who had to face some type of hardship. Just a thought.
Regardless..... great move by Rutgers and I've been pulling for Eric since the accident.

ChazBuckeye's picture

Loved hearing this...good stuff

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.