PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — The birthplace of college football is going to do something it has never done before when Rutgers takes on Eastern Michigan (1-1).
For the first time in the 144-year history of the program, the Scarlet Knights (1-1) are going to retire a number — the No. 52 worn by Eric LeGrand.
The 23-year-old has become one of the program's most inspirational players. Despite a career-ending neck injury in a game against Army in 2010 that left him paralyzed from the neck down, LeGrand has become a national symbol of hope. His goal remains to walk again and he regularly speaks to organizations about overcoming obstacles.
"The most important message or the most important thing I try to say about Eric when people ask me questions about him is, Eric was every bit as inspirational, before anything happened," Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said. "He was one of the first players who committed to his year in the recruiting class, and from the moment he stepped on our campus, he was a huge part of the athletic department, not just the football team."
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