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I’m not saying I’m allergic to going anywhere else, but I just love being around here in this organization, Richardson said. I love being the underdog. It’s easy to go to an established franchise for a guy in my position and just go chase a ring. But I’d rather try to make one here.
Originally a 15th-round pick of the Colts in the 1960 NFL Draft, the former Ole Miss defender opted for the fledgling AFL. The Titans made him one of their first 32 players taken, in the second round, and he became a stalwart of the team’s defense.
Grantham retired with 24 interceptions and 19 forced fumbles and remains the franchise’s all-time leader in takeaways. He was added to the Jets Ring of Honor in 2011.
That probably climaxes a career and doesn’t take second place to anything, Grantham said at the time. I’m not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and sure, that’s a great big honor, but to me this honor with the Jets is unbelievable. Just think of all the players they’ve had up there from 1960 till now. It’s something I can’t put into words.
I had 13 wonderful years in New York, even with the Titans. Sometimes we didn’t get paid, but we had great times, and Sammy Baugh was one of the greatest coaches I ever played for. They’re all outstanding memories for me. I still get excited when I get fan mail. People have been awful good to me in New York.
Before he retired from football in 1974, Grantham played one season for the Florida Blazers of the start-up World Football League.
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Following his career, the former 6-foot, 210-pound linebacker joined the Jets radio broadcast team. He later had other business ventures and got into banking. He also worked closely with Freedom House, the New Jersey drug and alcohol treatment center, for more than two decades.