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Deon Grant retires after 12 NFL seasons on four teams

Deon Grant made the assumed official Wednesday, announcing his retirement from the NFL after 12 seasons.

Grant most recently played with the New York Giants, winning a Super Bowl with Tom Coughlin's team in 2012. The safety had prior three-year stops with the Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks.

After his rookie season was wiped out by hip surgery, Grant played in 187 consecutive games over the next 11 seasons. He was called "The Godfather" in the Giants' locker room, his words known for their ability to make an impact.

"I want to retire as a Giant because I want to be a Giant for the rest of my life," Grant, 34, told The Record.

Many expected Grant to re-emerge with the Giants at some point last season, but it never happened. There will be no such speculation this season.

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