Paralyzed player gets first NFL card in Prestige
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
On May 5, Eric LeGrand, the former Rutgers standout who was paralyzed on the field of play two years ago, tweeted showing off his new NFL jersey was going to be available to the masses soon with the proceeds going to spinal cord research.
Today, with the first glimpse at a card from the upcoming 2012 Prestige from Panini America, he has something else to tweet about.
His Rookie Card.
While the 6-foot-2, 275-pound former tackle is paralyzed from the neck down, that didn’t stop his former college coach, Greg Schiano, who is now in charge of the Tampa Bay Bucs, from signing him to the franchise’s offseason roster.
With that, card No. 301 in Prestige has come to life and it will be found in packs of cards beginning this week.
It won’t be his lone Rookie Card as LeGrand appears on the preliminary checklist for at least one upcoming Topps football product, but for now it’s the one that will get all of the attention and adoration of the 64,000-plus fans on Twitter following his journey off the football field, one with the mission of trying to walk once again.
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