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Ryan Grant was born in Suffern, New York on December 9, 1982. Grant played High School football for Don Bosco Prep. His senior year USA Today named him New Jersey Player of the Year. He rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Ryan Grant attended the University of Notre Dame for college. During his freshman year he only played in five games. In his sophomore year, Grant started all twelve games. He rushed for over 1,000 yards with 9 touchdowns. In 2003 Ryan Grant shared starting time with Julius Jones. After starting the first five games Grant only managed 242 rushing yards. Ryan did not start any of the final seven games. He only rushed for 510 yards his junior year. During his senior year Ryan Grant was named a team captain for the Fighting Irish. After injuring his hamstring Ryan’s playing time was limited. Grant finished the year with 515 yards and 5 touchdowns.
In 2005, Ryan Grant was signed to the New York Giants practice squad. Before the 2006 season Grant was at a nightclub and someone bumped into him. His left arm went through several champagne glasses which ended up severing an artery, a tendon, and the ulna nerve in his left arm. Grant almost bled to death and doctors at the time told him he might not regain the use of his left hand. He missed the entire 2006 season with the New York Giants. On September 1, 2007, Grant was traded to the Green Bay Packers. There he played as the third string running back. Ryan Grant scored his first rushing touchdown on November 11 in a win against the Minnesota Vikings. Grant was voted the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week for the games played on November 11-12. He ran for 119 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. This made him the first running back to pick up 100 yards against the Minnesota Vikings defense all season.
Ryan Grant won the award for a second time that season for games played between December 6-10. He rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders. In the Green Bay Packers’ divisional playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks Grant rushed for 201 yards and 3 touchdowns, both set franchise records for Packers’ post season games. He finished second overall for rushing yards in the 2007-08 playoffs with 230. On August 4th, 2008, it was announced that Grant signed a 4-year deal that could be worth up to $30 million.
In 2009, Ryan Grant started all 16 games and even a playoff game, too. Ryan Grant was top on the Green Bay Packers for 1,253 career rushing yards and a career-best 11 touchdowns from 282 carries. Ryan Grant was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2009 and 2010. In September 2010, Grant had ankle surgery on September 21, 2010 and hopes to be back for the full 2011 season.
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