Former Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Deon Grant has called it a career after 12 seasons in the NFL.
Grant, who was a member of the New Giants’ Super Bowl XLVI winning team, played with four teams during his career; The Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants.
The former consensus all-american played three seasons with the Vols (97-99) and was an integral part of the Volunteers’ 1998 BCS national championship run. Grant made a memorable interception during the Vols’ overtime win over Florida, keeping the perfect season in tact.
Grant was originally drafted in the second round of the 2000 NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers.
Retiring as a New York Giant was extremely important to Grant, as noted by his statement on Wednesday.
I want to retire as a Giant because I want to be a Giant for the rest of my life. The Giants are a connection in my heart that I knew that I was supposed to be there.
Grant received some love from the Vols new head coach Butch Jones on Twitter today as well.
Congrats to Deon Grant on a great career, not too many players can retire an All-American, a National & Super Bowl Champion! #VFL
— Butch Jones (@UTCoachJones) August 7, 2013