Graham while with Denver.
|No. 82, 89, 86|
|Date of birth:||November 16, 1978|
|Place of birth:||Torrance, California|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||257 lb (117 kg)|
|High school:||Denver (CO) Jefferson|
|NFL Draft:||2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Daniel Lawrence Graham (born November 16, 1978) is a former American football tight end in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Colorado, and was recognized as a consensus All-American. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft, and also played professionally for the Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans and New Orleans Saints.
Graham was born in Torrance, California. Growing up in Denver, Colorado, he attended Thomas Jefferson High School. Graham won the Randy Brewer award, which was given to the school's most inspirational player. During his time there, he played the positions of tight end, outside linebacker, long snapper, and placekicker. As a senior, he caught 33 passes for 741 yards (22.45 yards per reception) and six touchdowns, and recorded twelve quarterback sacks and 29 total tackles in just seven games. He also lettered three times in basketball.
At Thomas Jefferson High school and later at the University of Colorado, Graham wore jersey No. 89, the number that former New York Giants tight end Mark Bavaro wore during his pro career. As a child Graham idolized Bavaro, who has since followed Graham's career and has come to befriend him in his adult life.
While attending the University of Colorado, Graham played for the Colorado Buffaloes football team from 1998 to 2001. Nicknamed Grahambo, he was a prolific receiver for the Buffaloes, where he also started two games playing fullback during his freshman season before switching to tight end. After his senior season in 2001, he won the John Mackey Award as the nation's best tight end, was a first-team All-Big 12 selection, and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American. He finished his college career with 106 receptions for 1,543 yards and 11 touchdowns.
- 1998: 3 catches for 83 yards.
- 1999: 19 catches for 264 yards with 4 TD.
- 2000: 33 catches for 433 yards with 1 TD.
- 2001: 51 catches for 753 yards with 6 TD.
New England Patriots
In the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft, the Patriots selected Graham with the 21st overall choice. Early in his career he was known for dropping too many passes and suffering apparent lapses of concentration. He improved greatly in this aspect of his playing and also made himself known as an excellent blocking tight end. In his rookie season, Graham recorded 15 receptions for 150 yards, and one touchdown. He added four tackles on special teams. In 2003, he started nine games and recorded 38 catches for 409 yards and four touchdowns. By 2004, Graham was fully integrated into the Patriots' system. He had 30 receptions for 364 yards and seven touchdowns. The Patriots won the Super Bowl at the end of each of these seasons. Graham was named a Patriots team captain on December 6, 2006.
Graham was signed by the Denver Broncos on March 6, 2007. The Broncos awarded Graham a five-year, $30 million contract. The deal included $15 million in guaranteed money that was distributed as a $10 million signing bonus along with a first-year roster bonus of $5 million.
Daniel Graham was featured on the cover of the October 12, 2009 issue of Sports Illustrated magazine. The cover photo shows Graham cradling the football in his left arm and hurdling an unnamed Dallas Cowboys player during the October 4, 2009 contest where the Broncos defeated the Cowboys by the score of 17-10.
On July 31, 2011, Graham signed a three-year deal with the Tennessee Titans. He was released on June 12, 2012 with two years remaining on an $8.25 million contract. Graham was losing reps to Jared Cook, Craig Stevens and rookie Taylor Thompson.
New Orleans Saints
On August 11, 2012, Graham signed with the New Orleans Saints.
On November 2, 2012, Graham was released by the New Orleans Saints. He retired in August 2013.
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His father, Tom Graham, starred at the University of Oregon from 1969-1971 where he became the all time leading tackler in Duck football history and a 2001 inductee into the University of Oregon Hall of Fame. Tom played professionally for the Denver Broncos, the Kansas City Chiefs, the San Diego Chargers, and the Buffalo Bills during the course of an eight year career as a linebacker.
- Reiss, Mike (August 17, 2006). "These tight ends are tight". The Boston Globe.
- 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 24, 2012.
- http://www.denverpost.com/ci_5370262 Bill Williamson, “Bronco’s sign TE Graham”, The Denver Post, March 6, 2007, retrieved October 20, 2009
- AP (2007-03-07). "Tight end Graham agrees to deal with Broncos". USAToday.com. Retrieved 2007-03-07.
- http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?id=1095&sport=NFL retrieved on October 20th, 2009
- Sports Illustrated, October 12, 2009, cover, volume 111, issue 13
- "Graham Released". denverbroncos.com.
- "Daniel Graham Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
- Tom Graham (American football)