Move over Jared, LeGrand scores Subway deal

Posted: July 11, 2012

ERIC LeGRAND is having a very good week.

On Monday, the paralyzed former Rutgers football player signed a deal with Subway to appear in TV commercials with Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck.

On Wednesday, LeGrand will receive the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYS.

The 21-year-old LeGrand, you'll remember, was paralyzed make a tackle against Army in October of 2010.

He was initially told he would remain on a ventilator for the rest of his life and never walk again. Now, he's not only breathing on his own, he's also standing with the aid of a device.

On Monday, LeGrand tweeted he was "proud to be a part of the subway team, Subway believes in me as I believe the subway. Commercials coming soon with @JustinTuckNYG91."

LeGrand and Tuck shot the commercial 2 weeks ago and it will air this fall.

LeGrand joins a team of athletes who have promoted the Subway restaurant chain, including swimmer Michael Phelps, Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III and speed skater Apolo Ohno.

Tuck, who was recently spotted attending Mass at St. David Catholic Church in Willow Grove, gave Subway props for seeking out LeGrand to be a spokesperson.

"This is one of the reasons I enjoy working with Subway," Tuck told the Associated Press. "They team up with athletes who have faced a variety of challenges and are always looking to do things to inspire fans."

Behind the times

Saudi Arabia announced that no women have qualified for the London Olympics, according to a report.

Which isn't surprising because no Saudi woman has ever competed in the Olympics.

Two weeks ago, the Saudi Embassy said that any female who qualified would be allowed to compete. A Saudi official told Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper that no Saudi women tried (or is that were allowed to try?) to qualify.

Male athletes from the ultraconservative, Muslim-dominated nation — which is light-years behind the rest of the world when it comes to women's rights — will compete in the track, equestrian and weightlifting at the London Games.

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