From the Archives: Q and A with John Grant Jr.
March 3, 2020 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) News Release
In 2007, John Grant Jr. set an MLL single-season scoring record with 71 points. The prior record of 70 had been set in 2003 by Casey Powell. In addition to earning Bud Light MVP honors, Grant was also named Warrior Offensive Player of the Year, making the second time he has won that award.
Q: 2006-2007 was a big year for you! Walk us through what it was like to win the ILF World Field Lacrosse Championships with Team Canada, the Mann Cup with the Peterborough Lakers, the NLL Championship with the Rochester Knighthawks, the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship with Team Canada, and last but not least, to lead the Rochester Rattlers to a league leading 9-3 record and a spot in the MLL post season?
A: The 06-07 seasons were quite exciting for me. It was quite a run, but ended prematurely as we were unable to take the MLL title. This was disappointing for a few reasons. First of all, it would have been a sweep for the Rochester lacrosse teams in 07, but also the win would have given me six straight major titles in two years.
Q: What does it mean to you to be able to represent your country (Canada) in international competition?
A: The most satisfying championship would have been the word field title in 06. The US had been so dominant in the sport for so long; it was amazing to finally dethrone them. It was also nice winning the title in our own backyard.
Q: You went form scoring 49 points (28 goals, 2 two-pointers, 19 assists) in 11 games in 2006 to 71 points (44 goals, 2 two-pointers, 25 assists) in 12 games in 2007. What was the difference?
A: My increase in production in the 07 MLL season was the result of a more well-rounded team. We had some serious firepower at the offensive end this year.
Q: At what point during the 2007 season did you realize that you had a shot at both the season scoring title and the single-season scoring record?
A: I wasn't really thinking about the scoring record during the season, I was just trying to help my team win games. I really thought I could have played better last season. I need to still work on some things to improve my field lacrosse game.
Q: In your mind, what's the best MLL game that you've ever played in?
A: I think the best game I played in could have been the overtime game in Denver this past season. It was an old fashioned shootout, and our team was down by four with only a couple minutes to go. We were able to make a miraculous comeback and steal one in overtime. It was the turning point in our season.
Q: Which MLL player do you most enjoy playing with?
A: The best teammate I have played with lately is Brodie Merrill He is a phenomenal athlete, a real workhorse out there.
Q: What are your goals for 2008?
A: My goals for 08 are to try my best to help my teams win games. I would like to continue this little run I have been on.
Q: What do you do during the rare moments when you're not playing lacrosse?
A: In my off time I really enjoy teaching the game of lacrosse to the younger players. I plan on expanding my camp business. When I have time off from that I really enjoy golfing. I don't get to play near enough anymore.Â
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