It was announced this morning that Safety Deon Grant has retired, and requested to retire a Giant so he could be “a Giant for the rest of my life”. This from Michael Eisen:
“I want to retire as a Giant,” he said, “because I want to be a Giant for the rest of my life.”
And so he will. The safety’s final game was the Giants’ victory over New England in Super Bowl XLVI. He had five tackles on defense and another on special teams.
“The Giants are a connection in my heart that I knew that I was supposed to be there,” Grant said. “The last year that I signed there to go to the Super Bowl I could have signed with a bunch of teams, but I wanted to sign with the Giants. The way that the owners opened the doors and signed me back and the general manager (Jerry Reese) and the coaching staff … we did each other a favor, but it definitely solidified my career for me.”
Grant wore 4 uniforms in his 11 year career, he did not play in 2012 after requiring surgeries on his shoulder, ankle and hand. Grant entered the NFL as a second-round draft choice of the Carolina Panthers in 2000. After sitting out his rookie season with a hip injury, he played three years apiece for the Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks. In those nine seasons, he started all 144 regular season and seven postseason games his teams played.
If you go back and watch some film of Deon playing with the Giants through their Super Bowl run in 2011, you will notice one thing…no one ran through or over Deon. He was the brick wall many players thought they ran into. He put Michael Vick on the sideline many a time by simply lowering his shoulder and stoning him. Deon was a hitter and played the game the right way. His teammates loved him, the coaches loved him, and the fans for the most part adored his play.
Now Deon will be a Giant for life…….Good move and Welcome to the family Deon!