Jimmy Graham Celebrity Life
Jimmy Graham, born on November 24, 1986, is an American football tight end player. He had a difficult childhood as he never knew who his birth father was.
His mother also never cared to tell him the truth. His step-father was not very caring and often beat him. He was sent to a social services center after a feud between his mother and step-father.
When Graham was in high school, he was taken in by a youth counselor. He was later adopted, and that changed his life completely. After he was adopted, his grades at school started to improve.
He was not a football player from the start. Graham used to play basketball when he was a junior at Community Christian in Wilson, North Carolina. Jimmy Graham is very respectful of his mentor, Becky Vinson, and considers her as his real mother.
Graham moved to the NFL as a star college student-athlete and started for the New Orleans Saints in his first year in 2009.
He capped the year with a selection to play in the Pro Bowl and had the chance to be a top-five tight end.
Graham broke many Saints records and broke many of their records in 2010 when he led the NFL in receptions for tight ends (99) and yards per game (7.5).
As far as physical criteria are considered, Graham has all the things to become an elite player in the NFL. A converted basketball player, he played one season of football at the University of Miami, but only as a backup.
The New Orleans Saints drafted him in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He had very little experience when he was selected having played just one year of college football in Miami after four years of basketball.
During his first five seasons in New Orleans Saints from 2010 to 2014, he became a star player for the team, averaging more than 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns per game.
Thanks to his excellent average of 14.1 yards per reception, he won the first-team All-Pro award in 2012 and led the league with 16 touchdowns. In 2013, Graham became one of the best wide receivers in the NFL and a key part of Brees' offensive line.
In 2015, Jimmy Graham was released by New Orleans Saints, and he was traded to Seattle Seahawks to replace center Mag Unger. Graham was selected in the first round of NFL draft by Seattle Seahawks.
In his first two seasons with Seattle Seahawks, he was not able to perform to his full potential due to injury, but in 2013 he became the team's top receiver and the Saints "top pass catcher".
He was also a crucial part of the Seahawks' first Super Bowl championship in the history of the franchise.
On March 16, 2018, Graham was released by Seahawks, and he signed a 3-year contract with Green Bay Packers.
The total contract money was $30 million, which was good for a player like him. After playing for two seasons for Green Bay Packers, Jimmy Graham has now joined Chicago Bears on March 26, 2020, for a 2-year $16 million contract.
Career Stats and Achievements
In his 10-year long football career, he has played for 3 different teams - New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers. He has played a total of 153 games in total in which he has 7883 receiving yards, 649 receptions, and 74 receiving touchdowns.
He has several awards and accolades in his bag like:
- Five times Pro Bowl champion (In 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017)
- First-team All-Pro (2013)
- Second-team All-Pro (2011)
- NFL receiving touchdown leader (2013)