September 16, 1938 |
Crystal Springs, Mississippi
|AFL Draft||1960 / Round : 1st Selection|
|NFL Draft||1960 / Round 15 / 178 pick
(By the Baltimore Colts)
|AFL All-Star||1962, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1969|
|Honors||AFL All-Time 2nd Team
American Football League Champion, 1968
World Champion, 1968
|AFL New York Titans
AFL New York Jets
NFL New York Jets
A member of the "Ole Miss" Athletic Hall of Fame, he was a linebacker of the University of Mississippi who came to the American Football League's New York Titans in the 1960 college draft and helped form the backbone of a New York Jets defense that reached the playoffs in 1968 and 1969, and in 1968 captured the AFL Championship and the World Championship, over the NFL's Baltimore Colts. Thus Grantham's team, with him as a starter throughout, went from being the worst team in an upstart league (the AFL) to World Champions in just nine years.
From his left outside linebacker spot, Grantham wrought havoc on opposing offenses. One of the Jets leading tacklers, he was named to the AFL All-Star team five times and played in eight league All-Star games. He was selected to the All-Time All- AFL second team.
He is one of only twenty players who were in the American Football League for its entire ten-year existence, and only seven AFL players who played their entire careers in one city. Grantham was also named the 1971 New York Jets MVP.