CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 11: Mohamed Sanu #12 of the Cincinnati Bengals works out during a rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium on May 11, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Eric LeGrand, former Rutgers defensive tackle that suffered a paralyzing spinal injury in 2010, filled in as a guest writer for Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback column for Sports Illustrated on Monday. One of the more interesting notes that LeGrand highlights during his "Nine Things I Think I Know, One Thing I Know" is the mention of his former Rutgers teammate, Mohamed Sanu.
I think the steal of the 2012 draft came in the third round, when the Bengals selected Mohamed Sanu. Sanu is versatile, he is a matchup nightmare, and he is a football player, which is a real compliment.
The article is a great read for those both familiar and unfamiliar with Eric LeGrand’s story of struggle and determination after his life changing injury almost two years ago. His passionately optimistic approach to life after tragedy has been an inspiration beyond just the national sports community. Along with the topic of his career-ending injury, LeGrand discusses being drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and being presented with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2012 ESPYs, among other topics.
Eric LeGrand Receives Jimmy V Award For Perseverance (via ESPN)
While it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Eric LeGrand would compliment a former Rutgers teammate, one could assume LeGrand would have omitted any praise for Sanu if he didn’t truly believe in his talents as a football player. LeGrand’s list, along with the entire article, speaks from the heart. LeGrand’s praise for the Bengals and Sanu is in good company as LeGrand’s ninth and final prediction is: "I know I will walk again."