Rutgers set to honor LeGrand, take on EMU

Rutgers set to honor LeGrand, take on EMU

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By TOM CANAVAN
AP Sports Writer

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 1 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 1 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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