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Veteran safety Deon Grant is retirning as a member of the New York Giants after an 11-year NFL career with four teams.

Grant, 34, last played for the Giants in 2011. His final game was the Super Bowl XLVI victory over the New England Patriots.

"I want to retire as a Giant," he said, "because I want to be a Giant for the rest of my life."

Grant sat out the 2012 season because of shoulder, ankle and hand surgeries.

"The Giants are a connection in my heart that I knew that I was supposed to be there," he said. "The last year that I signed there to go to the Super Bowl I could have signed with a bunch of teams, but I wanted to sign with the Giants. The way that the owners opened the doors and signed me back and the general manager (Jerry Reese) and the coaching staff ... we did each other a favor, but it definitely solidified my career for me."

Grant began his career with the Carolina Panthers and also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks. In nine seasons with the three teams, he started all 144 regular-season and seven postseason games.

"I had an opportunity to play last year, a few teams called me up, but I always said, once I win a ring, I think I'm going to leave the game," Grant said. "My last year, I didn't have to do training camp (he was re-signed on Aug. 16), came in and finished the whole season without having any injuries. I feel like it couldn't get any more perfect than that. I had a couple of injuries that I had over the years that I never got fixed, that last year when I got the phone call from other teams I chose to get those injuries fixed. That solidified it for me, I didn't want to come back and play any more after that."
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