Photo courtesy of Brett Davis
Source - The Ohio Machine announced Wednesday, that Major League Lacrosse veteran, John Grant Jr. has decided to retire, effective immediately.
“We are grateful for the time he gave to us as a Sheen and are proud to see him leaving as a part of this organization,” said Head Coach Bear Davis. “Last season was a special one for the Machine and wouldn’t have been possible without him.”
“Clearly this is something that’s been on my mind, but when your body tells you it’s time to call it quits, you listen,” Grant said. “My dream was to play at the highest level I could, for as long as I could and to be honest, I have long surpassed that and I’m extremely lucky to play as long as I did.”
Grant has been in the MLL since its beginning in 2001. Since then, he’s played in six MLL Championship games and has won five of those titles. Grant’s first MLL title was in 2008 with the Rochester Rattlers, a season in which he led the league in scoring and was named MVP. In 2009, a championship followed as he made the move to Toronto, he would then move to Chesapeake where he would win back-to-back titles before winning the cup in Denver.
He currently holds the record for most goals scored in an MLL game, after his impressive 10 goal performance to give the Machine a 22-10 win, against the New York Lizards on August 6, 2016.
He also holds a very special record in the MLL, Grant last year took over Casey Powel’s previous record and became the MLL All-Time Point Leader with 534 points.
“I mean for over 27 years I got to play this game. I have so many great memories that I’ll have for the rest of my life, and I’ve met such incredible people along the way” he said “but I have a very special thank you, to Columbus, my Machine teammates and coaching staff, who picked me up, gave me the opportunity to play for another title and made me a part of the Sheen family.”
Will forever consider myself a lucky man to have played beside @JohnGrantJr24. His game is legend but he's a phenonemal person to be around.— Greg Gurenlian (@GregBeast32) April 19, 2017
Thank you @JohnGrantJr24 for expanding what's possible on the field. Always gave 100%, always made it fun. Always delivered at crunch time.— Quint Kessenich (@QKessenich) April 20, 2017
The epitome of legend. Honored to have played with the great John Grant Jr. #🐐 https://t.co/EkYQHp2DjL— Tom Schreiber (@TomSchreiber26) April 19, 2017