'I want to retire as a Giant,” Grant said in a press release. "I want to be a Giant for the rest of my life."
Grant, who was a part of the 2011 Super Bowl champion Giants, had several opportunities to sign elsewhere and play last season, but only wanted to return to Big Blue. And although the two sides stayed in contact and left the door open, the reunion never materialized.
"I always said, once I win a ring, I think I’m going to leave the game," Grant added.
Over the course of his 11-year career, Grant played with the Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks and, of course, the Giants. He was initially a second-round pick of the Panthers in the 2000 NFL Draft, and would go on to play in 176 NFL games, recording 776 tackles, 6.5 sacks and hauling in 30 interceptions.
Grant joined the Giants as a free agent in 2010 and immediately assumed a leadership role, while also taking over as the third safety. During his brief time, the Giants were able to implement a dominant three-safety look that helped lead them to a Super Bowl XLVI victory. And even in Grant's absence, the third safety position is still widely referred to as the "Deon Grant role."
“The Giants are a connection in my heart that I knew that I was supposed to be there,” Grant said to Giants.com. “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.”
We certainly wish Grant the very best in his retirement. He had a tremendous reputation during his time in blue, was loved by fans, players and media alike and earned the right to go out however he wanted. Once a Giant, Always a Giant.
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