Rutgers will retire Eric LeGrand's No. 52 jersey. (AP)
By Zac Ellis
According to Jason Baum, Rutgers' senior associate athletic director for communications, LeGrand's jersey will be retired during a ceremony at halftime of the Knights' Sept. 14 game against Eastern Michigan. Rutgers, which began playing college football in 1869, has never retired a football player's jersey until now.
The story gets even cooler, though: Tom Luicci of the Newark Star-Ledger reported that Rutgers will un-retire the number once LeGrand is able to walk again, and will then use the number for special purposes.
LeGrand, a former Rutgers defensive tackle, was paralyzed while making a tackle on a kick return in the Scarlet Knights' game against Army on Oct. 16, 2010. He has since become a model of perseverance and positivity for those battling similar challenges.
LeGrand took to Twitter to express his appreciation for Rutgers' decision.