EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Paralyzed former Rutgers player Eric LeGrand took part in the coin toss for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
A New Jersey native, LeGrand was injured making a tackle against Army on a kickoff in the stadium in 2010.
LeGrand wore a Bucs' jersey with the No. 52 and was warmly greeted by the Giants' crowd before referee Jim Core made the toss. The Bucs called tails and won.
"It was nice," said LeGrand. "I told everybody I wasn't going to wear my jersey, but they convinced me to wear it. So I went out there and the Giants fans showed me great love. There's much respect to them."
LeGrand was greeted by players from both sides, including the Giants' Eli Manning and Justin Tuck and the Bucs' Josh Freeman and Ronde Barber.
LeGrand was signed by Tampa Bay and former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano after the draft this year. LeGrand retired a few days later. He currently works on the pre-game and halftime radio show for Rutgers football games, and according to his agent, Sandy Montag, he is trying to get fulltime work in the broadcasting industry.