NFL fans mourn after hearing the news about Larry Grantham’s death. People remember the former defensive captain of the New York Jets for his performance against the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.
James Grantham, the NFL player’s son, confirmed the information about his father’s death. He revealed that the condition of his father got worse, and he died of complications from his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Grantham was part of the New York Jets for from 1960 to 1972 which makes 13 seasons. He was considered the lightest linebacker in both American and National Football League. Grantham made records with his 6-0 and 204 to 210. However, the NFL star always said that he didn’t really weigh that much.
“The most I ever played at was 192, by late in the season probably 185,” said Grantham in 2008.
“If Larry Grantham were judged only on his size, no coach in his right mind would pick anyone so small as a linebacker. But once that coach saw Larry in a game, he’d grab him in a hurry because he has such quickness, such instinctive reactions and such an acutely developed sense of anticipation that he ranks with the very best,” Weeb Ewbank, the Jet’s coach from 1963 to 1973 explained.
Grantam reached the top in the 1969 Super Bowl, and the Baltimore Colts didn’t quite fancy this success.
But, sport players have to retire sooner than anyone else. Grantham became interested in banks, and that was his next profession. He has one daughter, two stepdaughters, eight grandchildren, and two great-granchildren.
Legends deserve all the respect in this country, and Grantham will always be remembered for his magnitude.
What do you think about Grantham’s career? What was his brightest moment? Which is the best way to honor which a great legend?
(h/t The New York Times)