Former University of Tennessee safety Deon Grant doesn't know if he will play football again.
Grant, who last played for the 2011 New York Giants Super Bowl team, sat out the 2012 season. He told WNML Radio on Monday that he turned down opportunities to play this past season.
Grant said he plans to make a decision on his future before the start of next season.
"I’m going to decide I guess this offseason if I’m going to go ahead and throw the towel in," he said. "There’s only a few teams I really would play for at this particular point in my career.”
Grant left open the possibility of returning to the NFL but said it would have to be the right team.
"If the talk is good and it’s a great situation for me, anything could happen," said Grant, who also played for Carolina, Jacksonville and Seattle during his 12 seasons in the NFL.
Grant's time away from football has been spent working with the Grant D. Knowledge Foundation, an Atlanta-based nonprofit founded by Grant.
"It's an opportunity to give kids a better shot of their goals and if they don't know their goals, give them a little education and a little bit more oomph - that's what I like to call it - a little more oomph to get to where they're trying to go in life," Grant said.
Click here to listen to the entire interview with Deon Grant.
Other highlights from the interview:
● Grant said he'd like to see former Vols playing in the NFL come closer together.
“We should be a lot closer. From the guys that we do have in the leage and the type of attitudes and mentalities that we have, Tennessee just doesn’t breed arrogant guys, Peyton (Manning) and all those other guys. We should be a lot closer and I think that’s something we’re going to have to start doing as far as trying to put on an event that we come back to TN or get together in a particular city.”
● Grant said he believes Tennessee has dealt with bad luck since it decided to fire coach Phillip Fulmer in 2008. Grant believes Tennessee needs people who understand what made the program successful in the past.
"I think the key thing is, you’ve got to get some people that know the history of that school. They know the history of the SEC. They know the history of Tennessee, Knoxville, that whole tradition. You have to get somebody like that in that coaching staff, even if it’s not the head coach. You need to have somebody involved in that coaching staff that has some of that background and has knowledge to what’s going on and the key reason to get guys to come to Tennessee. And I think they’ll be back on the path that they should be on.”
● I asked Grant what he thought of Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs's recent claim that the New England Patriots are "arrogant pricks."
"They won more championship games in the 2000s than any other team so if they walk around with their head up or like their boo boo don’t stink, they’ve got every right because they’ve earn that. I know Tom Brady personally and I know that’s not his attitude. Class A guy, work hard, make sure you’re alright. I got hurt playing him a few years back and he made sure he came and checked on me while I was still on the field."
To hear the entire interview with Grant, click here.