One of the heralded defensive heroes of Tennessee's perfect 13-0 1998 national championship season is safety Deon Grant. A Volunteers lettermen from 1997-99, he garnered All-America and All-SEC acclaim as a junior in 1999 before embarking on a successful NFL career.
The Augusta, Ga., native provided one of the most memorable defensive highlights of UT's 1998 title run when he made a remarkable, one-handed, leaping interception during the Vols' dramatic overtime win over Florida.
After totaling 62 tackles and five interceptions in 1998, he added 69 stops and an impressive nine picks during his stellar junior campaign in 1999. He nabbed multiple interceptions in four different games that year, including a three-interception performance against Auburn that earned him SEC Defensive Player of the Week laurels.
After his honor-laden junior season, Grant was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the second round of the 2000 NFL draft. In addition to roaming the defensive backfield for the Panthers, Grant also has suited up for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Seattle Seahawks. He entered 2008-his ninth year in the NFL-as Seattle's starter at strong safety.