Eric LeGrand and Ray Rice show support for Tim Pernetti, upset over his ousting

Rutgers Scarlet Knights former player Eric LeGrand leads the team to the field before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Highpoint Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports)

Rutgers Scarlet Knights former player Eric LeGrand leads the team to the field before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Highpoint Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports)

Eric LeGrand was a standout defensive tackle playing for Greg Schiano’s Rutgers squad when tragedy struck during the 2010 season. Trying to make a tackle, LeGrand broke his neck, an injury which cut off all movement and feeling below, permanently.

His journey towards trying to move once again is inspirational, and it has been fully supported by those within the Rutgers community.

That includes Tim Pernetti, who graduated from Rutgers in 1993 and was working as the team’s athletic director until handing in his letter of resignation on Friday. The public outcry from the released video of the abusive practices of basketball coach Mike Rice had simply grown too loud for either Rice or Pernetti to keep their jobs.

[Related: Read Pernetti’s full letter of resignation here]

However, LeGrand tweeted out his support of Pernetti, saying the things the now-former athletic director had done for him were “indescribable”. He even went so far as to say that he would not be so happy about his future if it wasn’t for Pernetti.

 

Obviously, LeGrand’s efforts were not enough to help Pernetti keep his job. However, having the support of one of the most public faces in Rutgers athletics is a positive sign for Pernetti moving forward.

LeGrand was not alone. Ray Rice, of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens and probably the best player to ever come out of Rutgers, also tweet out his support for Pernetti.

The search is on for the school’s next athletic director and basketball coach, even though several high-profile Scarlet Knights alums are sad to see Pernetti go.

MORE: Watch the video of Mike Rice throwing basketballs and kicking his own players