Giants' Grant Wants To Return

New York report includes notes on Deon Grant, Jake Ballard, Chris Canty and more

Grant loves Giants' chemistry; wants to re-sign

   Giants' safety Deon Grant, who was a free agent at the start of the year, said he had offers from about four teams.

   However, there was never any doubt about where the 12-year veteran wanted to be.

   "I just had a feeling -- God just put in on my heart and I was out there in free agency in the market and I had a couple of teams that I could have signed with, but I wanted to come back here," he said.

   "It wasn't a situation where I didn't have a choice. I wanted to come back here because after talking to 'Trel (Antrel Rolle), Kenny, Webby (Corey Webster), and the rest of the guys that I have a relationship with, I knew we had built something special here."

   Grant said he looked at how the Giants defense performed last year, when the team finished 10-6 but missed the playoffs, and realized that the team wasn't too far from putting it all together.

   "It was a little rough last year because we didn't make it to the playoffs, but we still finished in so many categories on defense at or near the top - third downs, turnovers, sacks. When you still finish with the type of season where you're at or near the top in so many categories, you know you have something special.

   "Then I looked at the fact that we still finished 10-6 (in 2010) and still did special things on offense and (quarterback) Eli Manning didn't have the type of year he would normally have with the 25 interceptions and all, and it was just too much coincidence to ignore."

   And so Grant, who gets his first Super Bowl ring and who said he plans to play for "quite a few" more years," will celebrate with his teammates as they are honored in a tickertape parade down the Canyon of Heroes in New York City.

   "I'm just having too much fun right now to even think about retiring," he said, adding, "Let's plan on doing this again next year."

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Tweet from Canty actually done by his brother
   --Defensive tackle Chris Canty created a little bit of a stir prior to the game when via his official Twitter account, he responded to a call for a prediction by a national sportscaster.
   Canty, who forecasted a 28-17 Giants win, said after the game that it was actually his brother Joseph who made the prediction via his official Twitter account. "I can't take any credit for that," said a smiling Canty after the game.

   --In the "Did you know?" department, Giants tight end Jake Ballard, who attended Ohio State, and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who went to Arizona, nearly became college teammates.
   In fact, it was Ballard who was tasked with showing Gronkowski around campus when the Patriots tight end came for a visit when Ballard was a junior.
   "He was a big kid coming out of Pennsylvania," Ballard recalled when asked about Gronkowski. "He was kind of quiet, taking it all in. He seemed like a good guy, but when it came down to it, there was me and a junior playing at Ohio State. I think he wanted to get a little further away from home than Ohio State being a Pennsylvania kid."

   --Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, on what made is team this year so good at finishing games: "Mental toughness, resiliency, resolve. We keep playing, we keep fighting, and we're highly competitive. We do have great trust in each other, great belief that we can finish, and that if we keep playing one play at a time as hard as we can go that we will find a way to win."

   --TE Jake Ballard suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee, the exact extent of which was to be determined upon the team's return to New York, at which time he was to have a MRI. Ballard was seen after the game on crutches. His injury is not to the same knee in which he has a partially torn PCL.

   --P Steve Weatherford set a new Super Bowl record by hitting three of his four punts inside the 10-yard line.

   --WR Hakeem Nicks finished with 103 receiving yards, his third post-season game this year with 100 or better receiving yards.

   --QB Eli Manning's 75.0 percentage completion was his best of the post-season.

   --RB Ahmad Bradshaw finished with 63 carries for 272 yards in the post-season, a 4.3 yards per carry average.


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