One of Pasco County’s greatest prep football players has taken his talents north of the border to Canada and has excelled immensely.
Former Pasco wide receiver Janarion Grant plays for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Dade City native became a hit since day one stepping on the field. Grant had 591 yards in punt returns and scored three touchdowns, while also adding 600 in kickoff return yardage.
Grant was a part of Pasco’s 2011 team that went to the Class 3A state semifinals and fell just short of reaching the state championship game. The Pirates ended up falling to Wakulla Crawfordville. Pasco owns the county’s lone state championship, defeating Jesuit in 1992 for the title.
After leaving Dade City, Grant played five seasons at wide receiver and kick returned at Rutgers and in 2018 signed as an undrafted free agent return specialist with the Baltimore Ravens.
As it turned out, the timing of Grant’s move to the CFL after being waived by Baltimore was excellent. Following being released by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats after two weeks, Grant signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. On Nov. 24, the Blue Bombers defeated the Tiger-Cats 33-12 to win the team’s first Grey Cup CFL championship in 29 years.
Winnipeg, which finished the CFL West Division regular season schedule in third place, at 11-7, defeated the Calgary Stampeders and the Saskatchewan Rough Riders in the playoffs while on the way to the Grey Cup Final.
In Week Nine of the 2019 CFL season, Grant was named the league’s Top Performer of the Week.
Grant was one of Pasco County’s most explosive players during his time with the Pirates and as the wide receiver-tailback scored a county-record 77 touchdowns. Grant’s highlight of the 2018 NFL season has been a 51-yard punt return against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1.