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Rutgers retires Eric LeGrand's #52—with the intention of unretiring the number when he walks again.

Eric LeGrand with coach Kyle Flood
Eric LeGrand with coach Kyle Flood, acknowledges the crowd at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway during halftime on September 14. Photography by Nick Romanenko


During a ceremony at halftime of the September 14 football game between Rutgers and Eastern Michigan, the number that Eric LeGrand wore as a player—52—was retired by the university. It’s the first time that Rutgers has retired a football player’s number. Head coach Kyle Flood announced at the ceremony that Rutgers will unretire the number when LeGrand—the former defensive tackle who was paralyzed making a tackle on a kick return during the game against Army on October 16, 2010—is able to walk again For the first time in 120 years, Rutgers named two brothers to two of the four captaincies on the football team. Defensive end Jamil Merrell and his twin, linebacker Jamal Merrell, join quarterback Gary Nova and wide receiver Brandon Coleman as leaders of the Scarlet Knights The Kyle Flood Show will be broadcast live Wednesdays throughout most of the season from Brother Jimmy’s in New Brunswick at 7:30 p.m. and cohosted by Chris Carlin and Eric LeGrand. The show can be heard at and on WCTC-1450 AM.

Scholar-Athletes Extraordinaire
Because of its work in the classroom, the Scarlet Knights football team won the 2012–13 Big East Team Excellence Award for the second straight year, its members among the 250 Scarlet Knights student-athletes who were selected to the 2012–13 Big East All-Academic Team and represent the majority of Division I sports in New Brunswick. The Rutgers football, field hockey, and softball squads had the highest collective grade-point averages in their respective sports. Meanwhile, 25 athletes from Rutgers–Newark made the New Jersey Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.

Scarlet Knights as Outlaws
During the 2013 Major League Lacrosse playoffs held in August, three former players on the Scarlet Knights men’s lacrosse team played for the Denver Outlaws, who went undefeated during the regular season: Will Mangan RBS’12, Chris O’Dougherty LC’10, and Justin Pennington ENG’11.