FORMER AFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR JOINS THE LIONS
by Alex Husting
With training camp starting in under a month, the Lions are still making moves to bolster their roaster before the 2021 season begins. This week, they signed Antwane Grant, a wide receiver who played collegiately at Western Kentucky before playing in the NFL, CFL and AFL.
In two years at Western Kentucky, Grant caught 96 passes for 1210 yards and 13 touchdowns. His performance for the Hilltoppers earned him a spot on the Cincinnati Bengals in 2016 as an undrafted free agent. He played in three preseason games and had two catches before being cut after the third game.
Grant eventually moved on to the CFL in 2017 and joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders and played in five games, making seven catches during that stretch. He left the CFL completely in 2018 and headed to the AFL.
In 2019, he joined the Atlantic City Blackjacks and the 2019 season would end up being the best of Grant’s young career. He played in 13 games, making 72 catches for 959 yards and 15 touchdowns, as well as two rushing touchdowns. Grant shared the AFL Rookie of the Year award with Fabian Guerra, a wideout for the Columbus Destroyers. It seemed like Grant was only getting started and would soon become a household name in the AFL, however, that all changed when the AFL folded in 2019.
Grant had found his footing in Arena football and looked to continue that so he joined the Massachusetts Pirates of the NAL for the 2020 season. He ran into yet another roadblock when the COVID-19 pandemic caused the NAL to cancel the 2020 season. After that, the Pirates left the NAL and headed to the IFL and now Grant has returned to the NAL and joined the Lions.
As the 2021 season approaches, Grant will look to continue the success he had nearly two years ago with the Destroyers and try to get back on track after almost two years without football. He brings his versatility and experience to the Lions’ receiving core and both will be valuable as the Lions look to make a championship run this season.
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