Deon Grant Blog: Deon Grant on Living in Seattle

Deon Grant talks about his experience living in Seattle.

This is the third in a series of blogs from Seahawks safety Deon Grant, beginning his second season with the Seahawks and ninth in the NFL. A second round draft choice by the Carolina Panthers in 2000 out of Tennessee, he played four years with the Panthers before signing a 3-year free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Seahawks snared him in free agency prior to the 2007 season. Grant will blog periodically throughout training camp for Seahawks.com on his experience and perceptions with the Seahawks. Grant, 29, spent his rookie year on injured reserve and has started 112 consecutive games since, the most of any other safety in the NFL.

It was cool moving to the Pacific Northwest. I didn't know what to expect except that I knew the weather would be a lot different for me always living in the south my whole life. I was never a West Coast kid, so I wasn't sure what it would be like. I knew it rained a lot in Seattle, but man when we have a nice day out here, there's nothing like it anywhere else.

It's been great. It's very clean city, very relaxed. They've got their own identity out here, very laid-back, not a lot of violence, so it's been a lot easier living here than I thought it would be. That's made it an easy and great transition for me to make it a second home.

It was a big step for me coming out here since I spent my whole life living in the South. But I wanted to be on this Seahawks team to have a chance to win a championship and I'm glad I did it. I tell everybody in the South all the time this is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. People are real easy to get along with and it's been very eye-opening moving here because I've enjoyed myself so much. As I've said before, my daughter is Atlanta and I miss being so far from her, but everything has worked out even better than I thought.

I'm comfortable in the Bellevue area, and it's easier for me to be on the East Side because this is where we are except for games.

I'm a real music fanatic, so I'll go out to here music, shoot pool and then come home and mess around on my keyboard. I might pick up some books and read sometimes, but I love going to nice restaurants and try new food. But my real hobby is shopping, getting new clothes, and finding interesting things. There's so much here, it's all just very different than what I'm used to in Atlanta, Charlotte or Jacksonville. I grew up in (Augusta) Georgia, so this is just very different.

When I go home, I get on the keyboard and try to make my own tunes. People will send me new music, dissect new artists. I'm into all kind of music. You never know what music I'll be playing in the locker room. You might here me playing country, hip-hop, rock, R&B, reggae, rap – whatever ... I'm into all kind of music. I can get excited about any music that makes some sense to me.

That's why the guys all come to me in the locker room. I'm getting requests all the time. Every other song, somebody wants to hear something different. I enjoy all of it. That's all part of being on the team and enjoying my time with the Seahawks. This is the third in a series of blogs from Seahawks safety Deon Grant, beginning his second season with the Seahawks and ninth in the NFL. A second round draft choice by the Carolina Panthers in 2000 out of Tennessee, he played four years with the Panthers before signing a 3-year free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Seahawks snared him in free agency prior to the 2007 season. Grant will blog periodically throughout training camp for Seahawks.com on his experience and perceptions with the Seahawks. Grant, 29, spent his rookie year on injured reserve and has started 112 consecutive games since, the most of any other safety in the NFL.

It was cool moving to the Pacific Northwest. I didn't know what to expect except that I knew the weather would be a lot different for me always living in the south my whole life. I was never a West Coast kid, so I wasn't sure what it would be like. I knew it rained a lot in Seattle, but man when we have a nice day out here, there's nothing like it anywhere else.

It's been great. It's very clean city, very relaxed. They've got their own identity out here, very laid-back, not a lot of violence, so it's been a lot easier living here than I thought it would be. That's made it an easy and great transition for me to make it a second home.

It was a big step for me coming out here since I spent my whole life living in the South. But I wanted to be on this Seahawks team to have a chance to win a championship and I'm glad I did it. I tell everybody in the South all the time this is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. People are real easy to get along with and it's been very eye-opening moving here because I've enjoyed myself so much. As I've said before, my daughter is Atlanta and I miss being so far from her, but everything has worked out even better than I thought.

I'm comfortable in the Bellevue area, and it's easier for me to be on the East Side because this is where we are except for games.

I'm a real music fanatic, so I'll go out to here music, shoot pool and then come home and mess around on my keyboard. I might pick up some books and read sometimes, but I love going to nice restaurants and try new food. But my real hobby is shopping, getting new clothes, and finding interesting things. There's so much here, it's all just very different than what I'm used to in Atlanta, Charlotte or Jacksonville. I grew up in (Augusta) Georgia, so this is just very different.

When I go home, I get on the keyboard and try to make my own tunes. People will send me new music, dissect new artists. I'm into all kind of music. You never know what music I'll be playing in the locker room. You might here me playing country, hip-hop, rock, R&B, reggae, rap – whatever ... I'm into all kind of music. I can get excited about any music that makes some sense to me.

That's why the guys all come to me in the locker room. I'm getting requests all the time. Every other song, somebody wants to hear something different. I enjoy all of it. That's all part of being on the team and enjoying my time with the Seahawks.

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