Deon Grant visits hometown as Super Bowl champ

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Deon Grant poses with Josey assistant principal Bernard Chatman (left) and George Bailey, the athletic director of Richmond County schools, on Friday. Grant made an appearance at Josey High's homecoming on Friday, less than a week after winning the Super Bowl with the New York Giants.
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The cameras came out as the cheering rained down on a Super Bowl champion.

NFL player Deon Grant, whose New York Giants won the Super Bowl on Sunday, was in attendance at the Josey-Laney basketball game and is seen here talking to Laney High's girl's basketball coach Otis Smart.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
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NFL player Deon Grant, whose New York Giants won the Super Bowl on Sunday, was in attendance at the Josey-Laney basketball game and is seen here talking to Laney High's girl's basketball coach Otis Smart.

Augusta native Deon Grant returned home Friday night, arriving at Josey during the night’s basketball games against Laney.

“Everything I do, I do it with Augusta in my mind,” Grant said.

Upon announcement that Grant was at the gym, George Bailey, the athletic director for Richmond County schools, helped present Grant with a plaque and the Josey cheerleaders performed two separate cheers specialized for Grant.

Grant said he usually comes back for a Josey-Laney game, adding he wanted to “show the kids some love.”

Grant has been a champion at every level, winning a state title at Josey in 1995, a BCS national championship with Tennessee for the 1998 season and a Super Bowl crown with the New York Giants after the 21-17 win against the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Grant, surrounded by fans as he walked around, said he is motivated by bringing the city – especially the inner city – something to cheer about.

At halftime of the boys game, it was announced chips, candy and drinks were free courtesy of Grant.

“I represent Josey first, but I definitely represent Augusta, Carolina and all the surrounding areas,” Grant said. “Wherever I go, I’m taking the city with me.”

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soldout 02/11/12 - 08:38 am
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I hope he continues to

I hope he continues to inspire others to greatest. He added effort to his talent. May we all do the same.

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iLove 02/11/12 - 02:38 pm
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One of the few NFL players
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One of the few NFL players with a high school, college, and pro championship......congrats!

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