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Eric LeGrand Speaks To Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Eric LeGrand, the former Rutgers University football player paralyzed while trying to make a special teams tackle, was recently signed to an NFL contract by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa Bay, of course is coached by Greg Schiano -- who was LeGrand's head coach at Rutgers.

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Tuesday, Schiano gave LeGrand the opportunity to speak to the Buccaneers.

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"I want them to appreciate everything they have," LeGrand said at a press conference after his talk to the Buccaneers. "Not too many people get paid to do what they love to do every day. . . . Really appreciate that — don’t take for granted things that other people don’t have."

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Schiano spoke about LeGrand following the speech.

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"This is a guy that I've known for a long time, a guy who played for us at Rutgers, and as I said to the team earlier today, long before his injury and a lot of notoriety that he's received, this was a guy who came every day to our football building and had just a tremendous attitude," Schiano said. "I don't know, if this happened to me, if I could be the man that Eric is."

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All I can say is it is impossible not to root for LeGrand, who has handled everything since his injury with dignity.

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