MLL Spotlight: John Grant Jr.
Boston, MA- John Grant Jr. is quite simply the "Iron Man" of lacrosse. At age 44, Grant Jr. came back for his 14th season in Major League Lacrosse. Grant Jr. has been playing professional lacrosse for so long that MLL didn't even exist when he graduated college in 1999. Let's take a look back at John Grant Jr.'s remarkable career...thus far.
Grant Jr. is originally from Peterborough, Ontario. He is the son of John Grant Sr., a former professional lacrosse star himself. Grant Jr. played his first two years of college lacrosse at Suny Morrisville in New York before transferring to the University of Delaware. Grant was named a USILA All-American his junior year, but he really turned heads his senior year.
Grant Jr. scored 56 goals and added 54 points, setting a school record for both categories. He was named USILA Collegiate Player of the Year and was awarded the Jack Turnbull Award as the nation's top attackman. Prior to 2013, Jr. was the last player to average more than six points a game in a season.
Grant Jr. began his MLL career in the league's inaugural season with the Rochester Rattlers in 2001. He scored 41 goals in 2001, en route to being named MLL Offensive Player of the Year. In 2007 and 2008, Grant Jr was named MLL MVP and MLL Offensive Player of the Year after scoring 91 goals combined in the two seasons.
Fast forward to 2016, Grant and the rest of his Machine teammates lost to the Denver Outlaws in the MLL Championship Game in what was supposed to be Jr's last career game. In February of the following year he retired as a five-time MLL Champion. At the time of his retirement, Grant Jr. was top five in goals and points in MLL history.
Fast forward to this year, 2019, when Grant Jr. decided to make a comeback in order for his nine-year old daughter, Gabby, so she had the opportunity to see him play. This season, at age 44, Grant Jr. set the all-time MLL points record with his 598th career point.
John Grant Jr. has established himself as the greatest player in lacrosse history. His ability to stay so good for so long is a testament to the player and person that he is. Grant Jr. is hoping to return to the Outlaws next season.
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