Deon Grant to retire as a Giant

Super Bowl champion Deon Grant will retire as a Giant.

‘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.”

The 11-year veteran played with the Giants in 2010 and 2011. starting 17 games and notching 101 tackles. He picked up two sacks and four interceptions with the G-Men.

Grant was not a Giant for very long, coming to them at the end of his career, but he made an impact on the younger players around him. He was a professional in every way possible. Art Stapleton of the Bergen Record called him “The Godfather” of the Super Bowl XLVI Champs….more from the beat pool….

From Ralph Vacchiano via Twitter:Deon Grant commanded as much respect from the Giants as any player I’ve covered in nearly two decades on the beat. Media loved him, too.”

Pat Traina of Inside Football commented: “Grant was an excellent locker room guy. His knowledge of the game was also unmatched as he was a guy you could listen to all day.”

From the Giants….

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 did not play in 2012. He subsequently underwent surgeries on his shoulder, ankle and hand.

“I had an opportunity to play last year, a few teams called me up, but I always said, once I win a ring, I think I’m going to leave the game,” Grant said. “My last year, I didn’t have to do training camp (he was re-signed on Aug. 16), came in and finished the whole season without having any injuries. I feel like it couldn’t get any more perfect than that. I had a couple of injuries that I had over the years that I never got fixed, that last year when I got the phone call from other teams I chose to get those injuries fixed. That solidified it for me, I didn’t want to come back and play any more after that.”

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.

He joined the Giants in 2010 and in two years played in all 36 games, starting eight his first season and 12 (including three in the postseason) in 2011. Though it was his shortest tenure with any team, Grant enjoyed his time with the Giants more than he did at any of his three previous stops.

“I understood the game a lot more at that stage,” Grant said. “When I went to the Super Bowl in Carolina (in 2003) I was so young, I was really – I’m not going to say taking it serious. But I was battling a hip injury, a (potential) career-ending injury and every year that went by I was just trying to last another year. But once I got to the point that I was at when I got to the Giants, I was a lot more comfortable. I knew how to enjoy the game instead of just taking it play-by-play or day-by-day. I really knew what to look forward to and I knew what my main focus and my main goal was.”




68 comments
truth77
truth77

@rmbbanned2 They have 5 Coaches in a very short time The stink is not the Coaches it is the system.You are right about Yakapov they could have drafted 8 Defensemen that Year and it would have been better then Him.They choose  Identical players in Eberle and Hopkins, trade one get a defense men for the other.Goalie Buffalo has four trade for one of them.I think they have 4 G.ms what up with that?A system ,A leader, a Veteran Defense men and a Goalie and they would be competitive.

truth77
truth77

@rm Were would they be if they got Leddy and Boychuck.Were would they be if they did not take Drasaitl and drafted Dal colle who I think is going to be a Superstar in this League.Sometimes changing underwear does not solve the problem.Edmonton drafted the same kinda player for the last  decade .Nothing is going to change until management is removed and they start drafting guys whos Hearts are as  big or bigger then their talent.

truth77
truth77

Strome has turned into a nice Hockey player He is a top rated passer who is only going to get better.I notice J.t has been taking less face offs .With Him taking less face offs and Strait out of the lineup We start winning again.I said in  about a Week ago if we go 5-5 in this stretch of 10 games we can be proud, well next few Games we have real tough Opponents in Detroit and Tampa and Buffalo is going to be a tough   too, the way there are playing. I thought Buffalo was going to be good this Year .People must of thought I was on Drugs.With all the Talent on this Team and the mobile Defense we have things look good in Islanders Country.Biggest steal of the Year Nick leddy man can this guy skate,Love watching Dehaan ,Czikas and Leddy skate.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

Kinda love how they're good enough that even when they win, we complain that the wins were clean enough, or regulation wins, or they had to be come from behind wins.


We're quietly complaining this team to a top 4 seed in the playoffs.

orange
orange

Our 4th line should be called the( Avengers Line) they just bang shoot hit cause damage and wake up the team when loosing focus

Don22
Don22

Kudos to DeBoer for giving the kid Kinkaid the start last night.  It would have been easy to start Schneider again and probably would have happened if Kinkaid weren't from Long Island.  My gut is DeBoer gave him the start knowing this was the last chance for the kid to play in front of his family and friends in a place where he pretty much grew up, with his Dad having season tickets.    

bosstrots1
bosstrots1

Shoot the F*cking puck.  Yes this was a good win and good teams find a way to win this game but through the first 50 minutes of this game this was a game we deserved to lose.  I respect Grabovski's talent but if he wasn't making $5 mil a year and if he wasn't such a head case I could see him being sat down for a game to remind him that he needs to shoot the puck...that's two games in a row that he has passed up open shots on 2 on 1's only to make a bad pass that doesn't connect...if Thor Martin hadn't bailed him out, by guess what, shooting the puck, we may have lost that game vs a last place team that is sick with the mumps and injured - it would have been pretty pathetic.  Butchy is clearly frustrated with franz and Grabbo just as much as I am and I am sure that much of the fan base feels the same and lo and behold it even seems as if Coach Cappy is starting to feel the same as well by switching up the lines a bit as its clear that our top line has no chemistry and our 2nd line doesn't shoot the puck.  Sadly, our third line doesn't score at even strength either.  if we didn't have the best 4th line in the league I don't know where we would be right now.  There is a certain puck-head out there who likes to say that if it aint broke then don't fix it but the isles offense and penalty kill needs a fixin.  Yes we are 21-10 but our corsi and goal differential is way down - our corsi now sits at 17th in the league which is more of a true indicator of what we are than our record is in my opinion.  Our record is greatly enhanced by shoot-out wins which for anyone other than the isles is not sustainable but being that the shootout is the only time Franz shoots the puck it has become our bread and butter.  Once again, outside of the penalty killing, our Defense is stable with Donovan filling in for Strait.  My guess is that straits personal reasons are that he needs to get his head together after putting up the worst defensive stretch in NHL history over the past 3 weeks, I would not be surprised if he is waived upon his return, Donovan is good...we don't really have room for Donovan unless someone else goes but he has showcased himself very nicely.  As for Tavares, once again its not his fault or Kyles fault but neither has the speed to make that line dangerous.  if I had to point to one thing that has clipped Tavares's wings its that he has lost a step and so has kyle and its too hard to beat NHL defensemen with stickhandling when you are not skating by them.  Jt and Ko need to be broken up and someone needs to be brought in to work the boards and create some space for JT.  I don't agree with the assessment that if it aint broke don't fix it for this team bc our even strength scoring is clearly broken, other than the 4th line...you cant keep on winning 1 goal games and shootouts forever, it catches up to you eventually.  Ryan Strome and our 4th line cant carry us forever.

orange
orange

I think MM is awesome never takes a shift off big heart on the ice we should nickname him Thor plays hard always wants to lay the boom he also has the hair to go with it.Keep up the great work along with his linemates they should be called the Avengers line....Later everybody

since72
since72

Any idea if the league is going to "look" at the last JT penalty?  I wouldn't be a bit surprised.

gleichzal2
gleichzal2

oilers have lost fifteen of sixteen, fire coach.  i remember when people said the edmonton rebuild was being done better and the islanders should take lessons.

kevinpt
kevinpt

You guys need to stop blaming Josh Bailey for being drafted higher than he should have and not living up to your personal expectations. He doesn't "s*ck" and he's not "terrible." Many first round picks don't pan out that way, just like many second or third picks develop into first round type players. Bailey's draft wasn't a particularly great draft class, so I'm just thankful we got a good defensive third-liner who can put up .5 pts per game. So take him for what he is and stop blaming him for not becoming a first-line player that you expected him to become. 

mrcisback
mrcisback

        I just got back from the game tonight. It was a typical Islander Devil game. The Devils playing the trap and clogging up the middle of the ice for the first half of the game. Josh Baileys best game of the season with a goal and a break away at the very end of the game. There should have been a penalty shot awarded to Bailey on that break away. Plus a shoot out goal by Bailey. John Tavares looks like a very frustrated player and was called for 2 slashing penalties. I felt the Islanders out played the Devils the last half of the game especially in the 3rd and Halak made all the saves he had too. The best part of the night was a stop at Majors steak house before the game with a good friend and my son. Very good Ribeye on the bone.

tpjm
tpjm

WOO HOO, another win as BROOKLYN money pays off again. Winning when they shouldn't is a sign of a good team. 3000 empty seats was embarrassing especially since many Devils fans were there and NYI is a top team in the league yet still gets ignored on weeknights in nassore. They have to be in bed by 9PM in the burbs. That changes next season.  Oh yeah, Barclays is a British financial company and the NBA has London connections via NBA Cares while trying to expand to the UK and promote the NBA, that's why Willy and Kate went to BC as well as to see LeBron. The childish and clueless will never know and never change.  Now I sleep the sleep of the wise, the victorious and the real fan as opposed to the nutjob, losers and posers.

Jim Miller
Jim Miller

That 4th line is fun to watch, it's like playing against a buzz-saw.

alarbour91
alarbour91

strome has got to be on the top line

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

Games with Devils are always so Ugly to watch.. Even when the Devils were successful,  it was awful hockey to watch as a fan of the game.


Nice win by the boys tonight after falling behind 2-0 to the defensive Devils. Made extra exciting by JT taking a bad penalty late, and Cablevision deciding to cut away from most of the Frans attempt( what the chuck was that screw up?). JT just lost his cool. Unwise.


Really liked the 4 forwards on the OT power play. Aggression from Cappy in his choices- nice!

That might be a direct result in confidence in his goal tender. Aggression is good.


Fourth line playing well, Martin might pot 10 this season. Good for him. His game has improved, but Clutterbuck on that line really helps. Cizikas is playing much better then last season- which by his own admission was his own fault. That unit is playing well- heck at 21-10 the whole team is playing well despite terrible coaching(sarcasm).


Bailey playing well, 3 shots on goal tonight is a barrage from him. 

Nice goal, nice finish in the OT. Would like to see him take three shots every game.


Yeah, another win in extra play. The complaints about "in the olde days" will resume.


The line centered by Frans gets too cute with passing, the PP gets too cute with passing, but the Devils also clog everything with their style of play. 


The more games with 30+ shots the isles have, the greater their chances of success. The more games they hold the other side to under 30 shots, the better their chances of success. The Devils still play that same style, but man they are not a good team when factoring talent. The Isles were "off" tonight, and the Devils just looked "meh". This was a game the Devils could have won given the Isles level of play.


Butchie a bit harsh Nelson, Strome and Lee tonight concerning their wall play, and of course a comment about Lee needing to skate better. That must have sent shivers up a few spines.


21-10.. 

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@truth77 The Oilers drafted wingers- the easiest position to fill. Then they paid them too much money, too soon. Then you factor in that after the first rd, all of their picks have been BUSTS, and it is not hard to see why they are weak.



rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@truth77


Were would who be, the Oilers? 

They had a shot at getting Leddy and Boychuk- and they didn't come up with the goods to get the players.. They had a chance, and decided not to pay the bill(which was pretty small considering Leddy). 


Underwear?

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@bosstrots1

wow- "puck head".. I find that amusing, that I merit special attention.. 

Well at least your posts have some meat to them, and clearly some thought. I disagree, and present the following response:


You have a lot of questions about 5 on 5, but few facts/Stats. via NHL.com


bullet points:

YOUR NY ISLANDERS- league wide are-

Fourth in total scoring, 

Fourth in goals per game, 

Third in scoring 5 on 5.


THE OFFENSE ISNT THE PROBLEM for the NY Islanders. Not in total goals scored, not in goals per game, not in scoring 5 on 5.  via NHL.COM


You have your opinion, but those three facts speak pretty well for themselves.

im not a big fan of the "eye test", i am a big fan of the "math" test..


on defense- 

YOUR NY ISLANDERS-league wide are-

24 in goals allowed per game

24 in total goals allowed

20 in goals allowed 5 on 5 ..


THE DEFENSE IS A PROBLEM for the NY Islanders. Total goals per game, total goals allowed, total goals 5 on 5 are all not good. 5 on 5 isn't poor, as 2 less goals allowed puts the team middle of pack- the PK is killing them.


So when you write "Once again, outside of the penalty killing, our Defense is stable with Donovan filling in for Strait"- I disagree, as the numbers have the team in the bottom half of the league in everything. Of course, missing 2 of the top 4 defenders is the main culprit.


So, should we discuss scoring some more- or recognize the team sitting in the top five concerning scoring is "acceptable".


love- "puck head".. 








rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@gleichzal2 yep...They have completely failed after the first rd, and Nail is a disaster.. Which is really too bad because had they taken Ryan Murray- the big blue liner on the Jackets- they'd be a much better team..


when you look back to there drafts over the last 10 years 


http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/EDM/draft.html


it is a train wreck..

willymayshays
willymayshays

@kevinpt


Been saying it for a long time, that was not a good draft, yet if the draft was done over 3 guys Snow drafted would prob be picked in the 1st rd.  Plus Poulin, Ullstrom and Dono  and Martin in the 4th & 5th rds.  It was a good draft by Snow, IMO.

islesfan77
islesfan77

@mrcisback I thought Bailey got hooked too. I know Butchie did not see it, but I definitely thought the Devil player hooked him enough to get Bailey off balance.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@mrcisback i too thought bailey got pulled down from the stands but was told that he basically lost his balance.  either way, he had a great game. 

caseysdad
caseysdad

@mrcisback

Glad you had a great night mrc, along with a friend, and your son not to mention an Islanders win, oh yeah and a great steak dinner a good night all around  

WestCoastFan
WestCoastFan

I honestly thought the defender made a great play on Bailey. Looked like he got his stick cleanly, from underneath as opposed to hooking it from above. Either way, great result.

tonelli27
tonelli27

@tpjm you dummy they wouldn't have gone near the place if it wasnt for lebron james even your fellow drunkard smedley knows that.

dkdk
dkdk

That one trick your pony carries has been beaten, kicked, pummeled, shot, and been turned to ash months ago. You got to post about diblasioveille so we know you will sleep well tonight.

tpjm
tpjm

@alarbour91 NYI has about 120 days left in nassore.  TICK TOCK


Then it's ADIOS for you and you can be a NYR fan!     LOL

redly
redly

@alarbour91 it doesnt seem to matter whos on the second or third line, they seem to play well on most nights, As for JT & KO, something needs to change. Kuli even seemed to play better before he moved to there line.

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@alarbour91 why? 

Its not broke, so don't fix it. 

The team is top 5 in scoring league wide.

The team has a deep, diversified attack with numerous players looking at 20 goal seasons.. 

I will suggest this idea- Strome could be an excellent center man, as could Nelson, as is JT. It is awesome the depth and flexibility this team has up the middle with those three, plus Grabo, Frans, CC and if necessary after all of that - Bailey.

Very, very useful..

puckdad99
puckdad99

@rmbbanned2 

<<Butchie a bit harsh Nelson, Strome and Lee tonight >>

I don't remember hearing that, but I do remember him using the dreaded phrase "battle level" several times. Jeeez . . . now we got him too talking about battle level.


bosstrots1
bosstrots1

@rmbbanned2  Butchie was not overly harsh on anyone.  Islander wall play is their biggest weakness. Lee s only up at this point bc of his size and our glaring need for it. Don't think I don't agree with you though.  its all about goal prevention and balanced scoring.  I do have some misgivings though that I will share in my own post which I am sure you will find some way to spin.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@rmbbanned2 as bad as they look right now, they are still not far off from being a competitive team.  a couple of steady defenseman and a goaltender would make a huge difference.  they have the assets to make these moves happen. they have a legitimate superstar winger with several other star potential pieces.  they are just being run so poorly right now. 

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@tonelli27 Just saw this post..

Im still laughing at an email I got today..

You felt the need to post Moulson scored his seventh goal last night during the Isles game..


Why? 

Who cares? 

Its been almost an entire season, and off season, and 31 games of another season since he was tossed to the curb.


Take down the poster, blow out the candle, and move along..


oh, Barclays... Why should I care what happens there? The Isles still play in Uniondale.. When the Isles play at the Barclays center, my concern will be focused at what happens on the ice. The rest is a waste of my efforts, so I don't effort. 


You just don't get it...


tonelli27
tonelli27

@dkdk dont you know what big fans the royal couple are of NBA basketball? You know they will be at the barclay center for nets-magic right?

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

@tpjm @alarbour91 god dammit we get it the isles are leaving nassau now can you stop with your daily brooklyn is the best posts.

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@redly perhaps.. But the team is scoring a lot of goals, and everybody is getting a piece of the action.  

dzruggie
dzruggie

@rmbbanned2 @alarbour91 RM I liked the swap of Kuli and Bailey this game for a couple of reasons; Bailey is a really slick passer and is more creative which I think feeds into how JT and KO play, and pairing Grabo and Kuli back together I seemed the two guys really missed playing with each other...chemistry.  Less to do with a team lack of scoring and more of a better fit.  


Question where do we play Grabner?  

islesfan77
islesfan77

@puckdad99 @rmbbanned2 I thought it was the third period but yes, I recall Butchie saying that. It struck me, because I kind of agree with it. As tall as Nelson is, he does not play as tough as I would have hoped. I think he might be second on the team in turnovers. Then again, he is still young. I would love to see him spend some more time in the gym bulking up.

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@puckdad99 I think it was second period- i was watching center ice- but it featured the Isles home announcers, and wasn't in HD. 

They focused the camera on Lee sitting on the bench- and butchie was commenting on the 3 of them needing to stronger on the boards- but that they hadn't really reached " man strength" yet. Then he commented on Lee needing to be "quicker and better on his skates".

I actually backed it up, because butchie isn't that blunt in his critic on young players too often, and listened again. 


Im not a Lee fan, i think he is WILDLY overrated around here. 6 weeks ago- he was the cure for everything. Don't blame me, look at the comments.. I think he has upside, but he plays too small for his size, skates poorly, and is one dimensional. Needs AHL time, and serious skating skills work..


At 6'3" 227- he should be a wrecking ball.. HE AIN'T.. Hickey hits harder, and more often.. Yeah, I wrote that..



rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@slapshot18_rs 

The problem is that they need defenders- and those are hard to get yesterday, today, and tomorrow.


And if you can get them via UFA- well they aint cheap.

the oilers have 15 contracts, $17 million in space, and 7 RFA players including  Nail + Schultz..


Their cap structure is a mess, $18 million in Eberle, Hall and RNH.. That is an expensive top line- that isn't worth the money they are getting these days.


Plus another $12 million Pouliot, Purcell and Perron up front.

I mean, ouch- that is ugly money...


The Blue line has $11.5 million in Ferrance, Fayne and Nikita.. None of those guys is more then bottom pair material..


When 1/3 you cap is tied up in Pouliot, Perron, Purcell, Nikita, Fayne and Ferrance, its gonna be ugly..


Nobody on this club is outplaying their contract- nobody.. A lot of guys are underplaying their contract. That doesn't work in the salary cap league..

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@dzruggie 

rosterbation exercise


Bailey/JT/KO

Kuli/Frans/Grabo-- very tough defensively + 2 centerman.

Strome/Nelson/Grabner

CC/CC/MM


Bailey doesn't shoot- and JT and KO fire that bad boy- so kind of like that chemistry. Plus bailey os good defensively. Since he isn't puck-centric, and plays some defense- why not..Plus, bailey can pass, and those two can finish..

You could make a point on Grabner up here too..


Yeah- I am not a LEE fan...



The Isles need to improve the PK-Grabner makes it better.

Lee isn't scoring- not really shocked, and scoring isn't an issue. Lee is a big body, but he doesn't play "big"..


Think top 4 big hitters on the Isles- Lee isn't one of them..


People will be unhappy about this post, and I won't lose sleep over it.  When you look back at all the "Anders Lee now" fanboy posts 6 weeks ago- and how little ink he gets from his biggest fan boys now- the uproar will be much ado about nothing.

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@islesfan77 Lee is 6'3"- 227 pounds..

He should be a wrecking ball. But a funny thing about hockey- before you master anything else, you have to master the skating aspect of the game.. 


Makes it the toughest sport to play at a high level. If you can't skate- you can't play..

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@rmbbanned2 i agree with you.  i like lee, but i do not see the infatuation surrounding him by some fans.  

caseysdad
caseysdad

@slapshot18_rs @rmbbanned2

Nor do I, his game is not a complete game and the lack of skating will hold him back, aside of a big body which he doesn't put to good use he needs to go back down.