Bucs sign paralyzed college football player

This Dec. 24, 2011 file photo shows paralyzed former Rutger's football player Eric LeGrand smiling on the sidelines before an NFL football game between the New York Giants and the New York Jets, in East Rutherford, N.J. LeGrand has been signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. LeGrand broke two vertebrae and suffered a serious spinal cord injury on Oct. 16, 2010 during a kickoff return against Army. His coach at Rutgers then, Greg Schiano, now is coach of the Bucs. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

May 2, 2012 1:54:30 PM PDT
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed a paralyzed college football player.

Eric Legrand was a defensive tackle for Rutgers. Nearly two years ago, he suffered a serious spinal cord injury during a game. His coach at Rutgers now coaches the Bucs. Legrand is able to stand upright now and has become an inspiration to his team at Rutgers.

The signing offer is only a symbolic gesture, but one that means a lot to Legrand.