Rutgers to retire LeGrand's No. 52

NEWPORT, R.I. — Rutgers has not handed out No. 52 since Eric LeGrand last wore it — the day he was injured during a game and left paralyzed.

Now, until LeGrand walks again, no one will wear that number for the Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers announced Tuesday that LeGrand's jersey will be the first retired by the program that played college football's first game in 1869.

LeGrand and his No. 52 will be honored in a ceremony Sept. 14 when Rutgers plays at home against Eastern Michigan.

LeGrand broke two vertebrae in October 2010 while making a tackle on a kickoff return against Army. He was left paralyzed from the shoulders down and has had to use a wheelchair since leaving the hospital, but has made enough progress in his rehabilitation to stand upright with the help of a metal frame.


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