Trustee and former Penn State football player Adam Taliaferro, left, has his picture taken with football coach James Franklin. Taliaferro has formed a bond with former Scarlet Knight defensive tackle Eric LeGrand. Each man suffered spinal cord injuries nearly a decade apart.

While the regional series between the Nittany Lions and Scarlet Knight will start anew with a possible rivalry ready to simmer, the Penn State and Rutgers communities already share a special bond through two New Jersey-born players with ties to both schools.

It’s one that’s been forged through trying times. It has evolved as former Nittany Lion defensive back Adam Taliaferro and former Scarlet Knight defensive tackle Eric LeGrand have made a lasting friendship in the wake of horrific spinal cord injuries each man suffered nearly a decade apart.

Both former players will serve as honorary captains for their former teams prior to Saturday’s kickoff in what Taliaferro is anticipating will be an emotional moment. 

“A lot of my friends I went to high school with went to Rutgers and so when this game got put on the schedule, certainly it was real exciting being able to share it with Eric,” Taliaferro said.
Trustee and former Penn State football player Adam Taliaferro, left, has his picture taken with football coach James Franklin. Taliaferro has formed a bond with former Scarlet Knight defensive tackle Eric LeGrand. Each man suffered spinal cord injuries nearly a decade apart. While the regional series between the Nittany Lions and Scarlet Knight will start anew with a possible rivalry ready to simmer, the Penn State and Rutgers communities already share a special bond through two New Jersey-born players with ties to both schools. It’s one that’s been forged through trying times. It has evolved as former Nittany Lion defensive back Adam Taliaferro and former Scarlet Knight defensive tackle Eric LeGrand have made a lasting friendship in the wake of horrific spinal cord injuries each man suffered nearly a decade apart. Both former players will serve as honorary captains for their former teams prior to Saturday’s kickoff in what Taliaferro is anticipating will be an emotional moment. “A lot of my friends I went to high school with went to Rutgers and so when this game got put on the schedule, certainly it was real exciting being able to share it with Eric,” Taliaferro said. CDT photo
Trustee and former Penn State football player Adam Taliaferro, left, has his picture taken with football coach James Franklin. Taliaferro has formed a bond with former Scarlet Knight defensive tackle Eric LeGrand. Each man suffered spinal cord injuries nearly a decade apart. While the regional series between the Nittany Lions and Scarlet Knight will start anew with a possible rivalry ready to simmer, the Penn State and Rutgers communities already share a special bond through two New Jersey-born players with ties to both schools. It’s one that’s been forged through trying times. It has evolved as former Nittany Lion defensive back Adam Taliaferro and former Scarlet Knight defensive tackle Eric LeGrand have made a lasting friendship in the wake of horrific spinal cord injuries each man suffered nearly a decade apart. Both former players will serve as honorary captains for their former teams prior to Saturday’s kickoff in what Taliaferro is anticipating will be an emotional moment. “A lot of my friends I went to high school with went to Rutgers and so when this game got put on the schedule, certainly it was real exciting being able to share it with Eric,” Taliaferro said. CDT photo

Penn State football: Nittany Lions, Scarlet Knights set to wage Battle of New Jersey

September 13, 2014 01:56 AM

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