Former Rutgers defensive lineman Eric LeGrand — paralyzed due to the now infamous playing injury — continues to make himself a star off the playing field. He was recently hired by Subway to appear in commercials with New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck.
The commercials have already been filmed and will air later this year.
LeGrand, 21, was paralyzed in 2010 in a game against Army. Since, he’s become an inspiration for both football and non-football fans alike. Earlier this year, former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano signed him to an NFL contract with his new squad — the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Aptly, LeGrand will be receiving the Perseverance Award at the ESPY’s later this month.
College football and NFL fans should look forward to seeing plenty of LeGrand in the near future. Aside from commercials, contracts, and awards, LeGrand dreams of joining the sports media in the near future. As he vows to walk again, the dream becomes more and more of a reality.
Armed with sports knowledge, fame, and credibility, LeGrand will no doubt have a range of suitors for his skills. The accident that left him injured and paralyzed was a sobering feeling for any fan watching in 2010, but now has been overcome and serves as a springboard to his budding career.
As the sports media world continues to fill with ex-athletes that have little to no perspective on anything outside of what happens on the field, it’s refreshing to watch a kid like LeGrand become something in the face of despair.
While rumor sites and blogs comment and speculate on the next career move of current sports personalities, take a few seconds to keep up with LeGrand. After defeating the odds once, it’s a good bet that he’ll outlast the rest of his competitors in this field, too.
Joe is also the host of Charm City Sports Talk on WNST.net in Baltimore and member of the Society of American Baseball Research.