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Deon Grant
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Grant with the Seahawks in November 2008.
No. 27, 37, 24, 34     
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-03-14) March 14, 1979 (age 40)
Place of birth: Augusta, Georgia
Career information
College: Tennessee
NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 57
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Carolina Panthers ( 2000 2003)
Career highlights and awards
* USA Today High School All-American (1996)
Total tackles     776
Sacks     6.5
Forced fumbles     4
Fumble recoveries     10
Interceptions     30
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Deon D'Marquis Grant (born March 14, 1979) is a former American football safety who played 12 seasons in the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Tennessee, was a member of Tennessee's national championship team and earned All-American honors. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft, and also played professionally for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants of the NFL. He won a Super Bowl ring with the Giants against the New England Patriots.

College careerEdit

Grant attended the University of Tennessee, and played for the Tennessee Volunteers football team from 1997 to 2000. He was selected as a consensus first-team All-American in 1999 after he tied for the NCAA lead with nine interceptions for 167 return yards. He finished the 1999 season with 69 tackles and eight pass breakups. He had two picks in three different games and earned SEC Defensive Player of the week after intercepting three passes versus Auburn. His leaping interception in UT's overtime win over Florida in 1998 was a crucial play in the Vols' march to the BCS National Championship. Grant left Tennessee and declared for the NFL Draft following his junior year.

Professional careerEdit

Carolina PanthersEdit

Grant was drafted in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft with the 57th overall pick by the Carolina Panthers.

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

After playing for four seasons with the Panthers, Grant was sent to the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he played for three seasons.

Seattle SeahawksEdit

Grant was picked up in free agency by the Seattle Seahawks in 2007. He was cut March 15, 2010 mostly because of his large contract. He finished his tenure in Seattle with 224 tackles, eight interceptions, and one fumble recovery.

New York GiantsEdit

Grant signed with the New York Giants on April 1, 2010. After one season with the Giants, he became an unrestricted free agent, however he re-signed with the Giants on August 16, 2011 to a one-year, $4 million contract. He won a Super Bowl ring in Super Bowl XLVI.[1] Following the season, he became an unrestricted free agent.

On August 7, 2013, Grant retired as a member of the New York Giants.[2][3]

NFL statisticsEdit

Year Team Games Combine Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Interceptions Interception Return Yards Yards per Interception Return Longest Interception Return Interceptions Returned for Touchdown Passes Defended
2001 CAR 16 71 59 12 1.0 0 0 0 5 96 19 43 0 13
2002 CAR 16 67 53 14 0.0 1 1 0 3 16 5 10 0 16
2003 CAR 16 77 65 12 1.0 0 1 0 3 25 8 25 0 12
2004 JAX 16 65 50 15 1.0 0 1 0 2 4 2 4 0 8
2005 JAX 16 66 55 11 1.5 0 0 0 3 29 10 29 0 10
2006 JAX 16 60 53 7 0.0 0 1 0 2 25 13 24 0 7
2007 SEA 16 77 65 12 0.0 0 1 0 3 34 11 34 0 10
2008 SEA 16 79 62 17 0.0 0 0 0 2 31 16 31 0 8
2009 SEA 16 78 60 18 0.0 1 1 0 3 7 2 7 0 8
2010 NYG 16 72 56 16 1.0 2 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 10
2011 NYG 16 64 45 19 1.0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 6
Career 176 776 623 153 6.5 4 10 1 30 267 9 43 0 108
[4]

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