Eric LeGrand has made it to the roster of an NFL team.
His dream of playing professional football seemed irreparably shattered in 2010 when he suffered a spinal cord injury as a Rutgers University defensive tackle during a game against Army.
After the injury, which left him paralyzed from the neck down, LeGrand struggled to exceed his doctors’ bleak forecast.
Once predicted to need a respirator, he now breathes on his own and uses a wheelchair, CNN reported.
Last week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, officially signed LeGrand as off-season player for the coming season.
While he won’t be paid, LeGrand received a helmet and personalized team jersey. He will appear at several Buccaneers’ games and the team’s training camp.
LeGrand says he will “absolutely” walk again someday.