In what might be the feel-good story of the year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed one of their coach's old players, former Rutgers defensive lineman Eric LeGrand.
In case you don't remember, LeGrand was the player who was paralyzed during a kickoff against Army back in October of 2010.
Schiano, who was LeGrand's coach at Rutgers, has offered LeGrand a spot on the team, including a contract and even his old jersey number, 52.
LeGrand has been an inspiration since his injury, working to become a sports broadcaster as he continues in his recovery process.
For Schiano, the move was a no-brainer:
"Leading up to the draft, I couldn’t help but think that this should’ve been Eric’s draft class. 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."
LeGrand was definitely moved by the gesture:
"Tuesday, [Schiano] called me around 1 o'clock and presented me with the whole thing. I said `are you serious? You really want to use [the final roster spot] on me?' He said it's the least we can do. I was like `I don't even know what to say to you right now, coach. This is amazing. Thank you.' It's something I always dreamed about. I always wanted to go to the NFL and retire and become a sportscaster. Dreams do come true if you really believe."
Kudos to Schiano and the Bucs for this incredibly classy move. The contract won't actually be for any money, since it's more of a symbolic gesture, but I'm guessing that Schiano will definitely find a place for LeGrand to contribute, even if it's just in a motivational capacity.