In a busier-than-usual off-season, Deon Grant relaxed Friday night at a place where people will learn about him for years to come.
During a ceremony at the Augusta Museum of History, an exhibit honoring the Super Bowl champ was revealed.
The display features Grant’s jersey, pants and helmet from Josey High School, jersey from the University of Tennessee and jerseys and helmets from the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants, as well as other items.
“It’s a priceless moment,” the Augusta native said. “It’s just like winning a Super Bowl. This is one of the top things you can get, being recognized by the museum.”
“It’s an honor,” Grant’s mother, Joyce Wright said. “I just thank God every day for the blessing he gave me for having such a wonderful son.”
In February’s Super Bowl, Grant helped break up Tom Brady’s Hail Mary pass to Aaron Hernandez at the end of the game to preserve the Giants’ 21-17 win over the New England Patriots. Grant now is one of the rare football players who have won a high school state championship (Josey, 1995), collegiate national championship (Tennessee, 1998) and a Super Bowl.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound safety said he’s in his best shape ever, even though he’s “10 times” busier this off-season helping with his foundation and other charitable causes. He credited boxing workouts and eating right for his body being 100 percent healthy. In the previous two off-seasons, he endured shoulder and wrist surgeries. Before then, he battled through other ailments.
“This is the first year in three or four years – and this was the longest one – that I can say I came out completely healthy,” he said. “I revamped everything and my body feels wonderful right now.”
Grant is currently a free agent, though he expects to re-sign with the Giants at some point during camp.
If he does get picked back up, he will play in his 12th season, a career that already includes 609 tackles and 30 interceptions.
Grant said he has no timetable for the end of his playing career. When he does retire, he knows he has a second home where he can relive his football days.