Eric LeGrand's No. 52 first retired jersey in Rutgers football history

Eric LeGrand's No. 52 is the first number to be retired in Rutgers' 144-year history. (USATSI)
Eric LeGrand's No. 52 is the first number to be retired in Rutgers' 144-year history. (USATSI)

Eric LeGrand, former Rutgers defensive lineman paralyzed in a 2010 game against Army, became the first player in the 144-year history of Scarlet Knight football to have his jersey retired on Saturday. 

With all of High Point Solutions Stadium at attention, head coach Kyle Flood led the halftime ceremony, which included a video message from former coach Greg Schiano, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and other former teammates.

"I have my doubters out there," LeGrand said via the Associated Press. "They say, `You'll never walk again, you're not a hero. You deserve to be where you are because you were trying to hurt the guy you were tackling.' It doesn't bother me. For every one of those, there are a 100 that are behind me.

"I'm hearing a lot of great things," he added. "The doctors are talking about stem cells regenerating the spinal cord. I'm not going to speak for all the scientists, but I'm hearing great things and they all say what they need is the money for the research."

Check out video of the ceremony below, courtesy of NJ.com.

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