Tom Coughlin hails "Mr Versatility" Deon Grant

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New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin pays tribute to Deon Grant after the Super Bowl-winning safety announced his retirement.

New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin has heaped praise on Deon Grant after the veteran safety announced his retirement today.

Grant retired as a Giant having not played in the NFL since they won the Super Bowl two years ago.

Coughlin led the tributes to the 34-year-old, whom he labelled "Mr Versatility" due to his ability to play well in a number of different positions.

"He did a great job when he was here. Mr Versatility. Played linebacker, played back in the secondary. We had a package basically designed to get him and others on the field at the same time and he responded very well," said Coughlin.

"[He was a] very smart player. A guy who can direct traffic, the guys respected him. He had an ability to recognize when things weren't championship quality. Guys respected him for that.

"I look forward to seeing Deon again and see if we can get him in here and talk to the team."

Grant's 11-year career also saw him play for the Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks.

Deon Grant #34 of the New York Giants breaks up a pass intended for Ryan Grant #25 of the Green Bay Packers during their NFC Divisional playoff game on January 15, 2013
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