For Jimmy Graham it’s time to shine

Jimmy Graham’s childhood started off terribly, nothing but poverty, abandonment and neglect. Yet he survived it all and says, “I wouldn’t change anything.”  Through it all, he knows playing in the NFL is a privilege not to be taken lightly.

Since he was drafted by the New Orleans Saints 95th overall in the 2010 draft, he has done nothing but impress his teammates and coaches alike with his play on the field and his attitude off the field. 

Graham made a spectacular 19-yard catch to score his first NFL touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in week 9 of his rookie season during a 34-3 Saints rout, he hasn’t looked back since.

In his rookie year alone Jimmy Graham had 31 receptions for 356 yards and five touchdowns. He often made acrobatic catches that were just too difficult to defend.

This off-season head coach Sean Payton had enough confidence in Graham to release often injured veteran Jeremy Shockey, and name Graham as the starter.

Tight end David Thomas also was later re-signed to help solidify depth at the position. 

Graham has been an unbelievable surprise for the Saints considering he only had one year of college football experience behind him at the University of Miami before being drafted.

The Saints hope he turns out like another NFL tight end and former college basketball star, San Diego Chargers superstar Antonio Gates.
Right now Jimmy Graham has all the tools he needs to be successful in the league, and a quarterback in Drew Brees that can deliver the ball effectively in key situations.

This is going to be the year he makes tremendous strides in his young career to help make the Saints offense even stronger than it has ever been in seasons past.

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