NLL Western Division

NLL: Colorado Mammoth's John Grant Jr. Has Some Skillz

(Photo: Jim Flannery)
(Photo: Jim Flannery)
Jim FlanneryAnalyst IApril 23, 2013

It should come as no surprise that John Grant Jr. of the Colorado Mammoth is a talented lacrosse player.

In 2012 he broke the single-season scoring record in the NLL when he recorded a whopping 116 points for the Mammoth.

He is a member of the 500 goal club and the 1,000 point club.

After being drafted by the Rochester Knighthawks, he was Rookie of the Year in 2000 and has since picked up two MVP awards, in 2007 and 2012 (one each in Rochester and Colorado). He has been named to the All-Pro First Team six times and the Second Team on two other occasions.

That's not even counting all the accolades he has been given while spending his summers playing outdoors in the MLL, including two MVP awards. 

This year, Grant Jr. moved into third place overall in all-time scoring, passing the legendary Gary Gait. He finished second in the league in goals with 43, fifth in points with 91 and tied for the lead in power play goals with 15.

His efforts this year, including eight hat tricks, a sock trick and an 11-point night, were enough to lead the Mammoth to a playoff position, in spite of some shaky goaltending early in the year.  

To sum it up, John Grant Jr. is pretty good.

So it should also come as no surprise that this future Hall of Famer can put a lacrosse ball pretty much wherever he wants, whenever he wants.

 

Grant Jr. has begun making regular contributions to the Colorado Mammoth's YouTube page, putting up short videos of himself performing trick shots. Some are pretty cool, like hitting a balloon floating around the stands in the Pepsi Center, and some show off his power, like him blowing apart a few watermelons.

And some, in a series called Four Shots, are just plain awe-inspiring.

In the series Grant Jr. goes around to various interesting locations—the Pepsi Center, Coors Field, a Mexican restaurant—and basically just shows off.

MLB Hall of Fame pitcher Dizzy Dean once said "It ain't braggin' if you can do it."

Well, John Grant Jr. can do it. And then some.

Catch Grant Jr. and his Colorado Mammoth teammates on Saturday when they visit the Calgary Roughnecks in the first round of the NLL playoffs. 

 

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