Augusta native Deon Grant hasn’t let Super Bowl success outshine the importance of school and studying that helped his path to stardom.
The Josey High School graduate helped the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5.
“I reached the biggest accolade I’ll ever reach in my life, but that’s not the biggest thing I take with me. The biggest thing I take with me is character,” Grant told T. Harry Garrett Elementary pupils in the school’s gymnasium Friday.
“I learned my character from these streets of Augusta,” he said. “Make sure you always represent your parents and always represent God.”
Garrett Elementary was Grant’s second stop on a tour of eight Richmond County schools.
Arriving shortly after 9:30 a.m., Grant spoke for a few minutes before signing autographs and posing for photos.
He congratulated a group of pupils donning baseball caps and sparkled hats – a reward for good behavior during the week – and encouraged the rest to improve their behavior next week.
“Make sure you do everything in your will to get as much education as you can get,” he said. “Ask teachers and parents to help when you don’t understand. If you don’t ask, you can’t have an excuse.”
Grant also urged pupils to treat others with respect and called on teachers to stop bullying.
“Let’s help each other out. Let’s show love to one another,” he said. “I wouldn’t be as successful as I am if I didn’t have other kids to protect me when I wasn’t able to protect myself.”