NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - NOVEMBER 19: Eric LeGrand #52 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights enters the stadium to be honored on Senior's Day at center field with head coach Greg Schiano of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights before a game against Cincinnati Bearcats at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. LeGrand was paralyzed during a kickoff return in October 2010. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Eric LeGrand was signed Wednesday morning by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and his old coach at Rutgers, Greg Schiano.
Sometimes sports aren't just about winning and losing.
LeGrand of course has been such an inspiration to many people who can look at the courage he's fighting his battle with and draw strength.
Signing LeGrand on May 2nd isn't a coincidence, according to ESPN.com. The youngster wore number 52 as a player, and today's date is 5/2.
"Leading up to the draft, I couldn't help but think that this should've been Eric's draft class," Schiano said. "This small gesture is the least we could do to recognize his character, spirit, and perseverance. The way Eric lives his life epitomizes what we are looking for in Buccaneer Men."
Tampa Bay has been doing things right all offseason. The organization cut Jill Hobbs a $35,000 check in April to surprise and thank her for 35 years of service to the team.
Class is a hard thing to define at times, but without question Schiano and the Bucs are showing a ton of it.
In a society and sport driven by the constant drumbeat of the bottom line, it's nice to see someone doing the right thing not because they have to, but because it's simply in their heart.