By Andrew Onodera
(DENVER, CO) – After tonight, there will be one additional banner hanging from the rafters inside the Pepsi Center.
Just above section 300, fans will see the jerseys of four Colorado Mammoth legends: Gary Gait, Brian Langtry, Gavin Prout, and now, John Grant Jr.
Grant is a two-time NLL MVP and finished his career with 668 goals (2nd all time). He also finished ranked 2nd in league history in terms of points, with 1,446. His 778 assists place him in 5th in league history. Additionally, Grant finished his career with the most goals in Colorado Mammoth history.
To start the ceremony, the Colorado Mammoth granted the legend’s only request: to be able to run through the tunnel in front of thousands of Mammoth fans one final time. From there, it was on to the ceremony. Grant’s former teammates Teddy Jenner, Gavin Prout, Robert Hope, and Pat Coyle were all in attendance and greeted the man-of-the-evening before saying a few words.
In his own emotional speech, Grant thanked the Colorado Mammoth organization for an amazing six seasons in Denver. He then went on to describe how, while he, “never played a lacrosse game without being in a little bit of pain,” due to lingering knee problems, he will forever be grateful for the training staff in Colorado that allowed him to continue living his lacrosse dream until age 42. Tongue-in-cheek, Grant stated he was sad his career had to be, “cut so short after only 17 seasons of playing professional lacrosse.”
For Grant, the tears didn’t start flowing until he began talking about how much his wife, Raygen, and daughter, Gabby, have meant to his career. The former Mammoth captain says he is grateful to finally be able to be a, “full time assistant-captain when it comes to Team Grant.”
Once all of the ceremonial speeches concluded, it was time for everyone in attendance to witness the No. 24 banner raise to the rafters. Deservingly so, the Loud House filled with thunderous applause that did not cease until John Grant Jr. exited the field for one final time.