It is the strength of LeGrand’s will, however, that prompted the Buccaneers to sign him to their roster. If Tampa Bay’s personnel department developed a scouting report on LeGrand, as they do on all players they are considering signing, the first line was surely: “Will never quit.”
Tampa Bay Bucs Sign Eric LeGrand
Eric LeGrand, a former Rutgers football player who was paralyzed from the neck down in an October 2010 football game, signed with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday. The Bucks, now coached by Greg Schiano (once
LeGrand’s coach at Rutgers), announced the signing via a news item on Buccaneers.com. The post contains a powerful line in which the team said LeGrand’s scouting report surely includes the words “Will never quit”.
Also included was this moving story from a recent Sports Illustrated Article:
Last October… LeGrand told SI.com’s Jon Wertheim that his goal was to visit the spot on the Giants Stadium field where he was hurt, lie down there once again, and then get back up and walk away.
Wishing Eric a full recovery.
Yesterday, the New York Times took on New York City’s Health Department over a potentially misleading ad. The ad, shown above, and portrays an obese man with an amputated leg (ostensibly due to his weight induced diabetes), and is meant to urge New Yorkers to eat less. But, as the Times points out, the man featured in the picture is not an amputee at all. His leg was amputated, reports the Times, not by a doctor but by photoshop.
City bigwig (boy, do I love that phrase) Howard Wolfson took issue with the fact that the times felt compelled to write about this false portrayal and took to Twitter looking for a confrontation. He got one, courtesy of Times’ Metro Editor Carolyn Ryan.
I thought it would be interesting to post the Twitter spat in one place, so here it is. Do you agree with Ryan, who says the Health Department derives its power from the perception that the victims in its ads are real. Or, do you agree with Wolfson, who argues that since the correlation between sugar drinks and obesity and diabetes is a fact, it’s ok to portray it any way the City wants.
Not an easy question, but an interesting debate if you ask me.
Still waiting for @NYTMetro to answer if folks in Times ads are actors and if they are whether that says anything about the product/message.— howard wolfson (@howiewolf) January 25, 2012
. @carolynryan story was more focused on ads integrity than efficacy - yet correlation btwn sugar drinks and obesity/diabetes is a fact— howard wolfson (@howiewolf) January 25, 2012
@howiewolf Of course. The photo suggests- vividly - if you drink soda, you lose your leg. Turned out city-not diabetes-sawed off guy’s leg.— carolynryan (@carolynryan) January 25, 2012
My grandmother lost a leg to diabetes.She would not have appeared in an ad. Doesn’t make her loss less real to have it depicted by another— howard wolfson (@howiewolf) January 25, 2012