Two-Time MVP John Grant Jr. to Finish NLL Career in Denver
DENVER – Two-time National Lacrosse League MVP John Grant Jr. will finish his career in Colorado. The nine-time All-Star and nine-time All-Pro signed a four-year deal with the Mammoth on Wednesday. It will be the final contract of his professional career.
"For years, I wanted to play in Colorado," said Grant. "The Mammoth organization and its tremendous fans have embraced me since my arrival prior to the 2011 season. There's no better place to call home than Pepsi Center!"
In Grant's three years in a Mammoth uniform, he's scored a league-best 129 goals. His 290 points are also tops in the NLL during the span.
"Some thought John was past his prime when we traded for him in October, 2010," said Mammoth president & general manager Steve Govett. "It's fair to say that he's proven all of the naysayers wrong."
The Peterborough, Ontario native and his family permanently relocated to Denver last month. Now, he's solidified his future.
Grant's 116 points in 2012 are an NLL single-season record. This past year, the left-handed forward passed lacrosse legend Gary Gait for third on the league's all-time scoring list.
Despite all of the accolades throughout his career, the 38-year-old still has just one goal in mind.
"I won an NLL title with the (Rochester) Knighthawks in 2007. Now, it's time to win the Champion's Cup with the Mammoth!"
Grant has also had a superlative run in the MLL, where he played for the Chespeake Bayhawks in 2013. He ranks third in career goals (253), fifth in career assists (131), and third in career points (403). Grant captured the offensive player of the year honors three times and was twice named the league's MVP.
Grant's final two years of collegiate play were at the University of Delaware, where he recorded 96 goals and 81 assists in 31 games. He was named an All-American in both 1998 and 1999, earning the USILA's Player of the Year award as a senior.