Brandon Graham stands out as one of the NFL’s football players who can conveniently switch from one position to the other if need be. The athlete’s natural position is the defensive end but he also serves as an offensive guard, punter, placekicker, as well as a linebacker. The footballer’s on-field skills and his ability to switch to various positions in a game have been outstanding. Perhaps, this explains why it has been difficult for the Philadelphia Eagles to let him go or at least trade him for another player. Graham has been with the Eagles since 2010 when he was selected with the 13th overall in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft as a defensive end.
Early Life and NFL Career Beginings
Though the Eagles player is simply known as Brandon Graham, his full name is Brandon Lee Graham. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, on 3rd April 1988, to Derrick Walton and Tasha Graham. He has three sisters whose names are Brianna Walton, Mikyla Walton, and Brittany Duncan.
Together with his siblings, Graham was raised single-handedly by his mother in Detroit. He had his high school education at Crockett Vocational Tech, where he played for his school’s football team and was subsequently recognized by The Detroit News as an honorable mention lineman 2003 All-Detroit selection in his second year.
As a senior, he ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash at the Nike Summer football camp and was later selected to take part in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which took place in 2006 at the Alamodome. He would later emerge as a finalist for both the Walter Payton Trophy and the Parade All-America High School player of the year (which is equivalent to the Heisman Trophy).
While his stint with his high school football team lasted, the Crockett recorded massive victories in the league, giving rise to his selection as the All-class statewide best linebacker and the Associated Press Class B All-State football team’s player of the year. Brandon also made it to the All-Detroit first-team as a linebacker and was selected to the All-Class state Dream Team by the Detroit News.
The Philadelphia Eagles player originally began his college career as a linebacker at the University of Michigan. Graham, however, switched to defensive end before the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season. He was selected by the Eagles in the 2010 draft and he went on to sign a five-year contract with the team on July 29, 2010, which he later renewed in the year 2015. The renewal (a 4-year deal) is reportedly worth $26 million and came with $14 million guaranteed offer.
His NFL career statistics so far has the following numbers: Total tackles: 291, Sacks: 38.5, Forced fumbles: 16, Fumble recoveries: 3, Pass deflections: 5, and Defensive touchdowns: 1.
Is Brandon Graham Married?
Brandon Graham is a husband as well as a father. He is happily married to Carlyne Graham, his high school sweetheart. Together, they have an adorable daughter named Emerson Abigail Graham. She was born in 2016.
After a frantic search, we discovered that footballer’s wife biography and other details about her personal life are actually missing on the map.
What About His Height & Weight?
The defensive end who dons the No. 55 jersey for his team stands at a height of 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 meters) and has a body weight of 120 kilograms (256 lb), which is proportional to his six-foot plus height.
Other Interesting Facts About The Football Player
- Brandon Graham began playing competitive football at the age of seven.
- Immediately after he was selected in the 2010 NFL Draft, his original intention was to wear No. 54 jersey for the Eagles. He, however, changed his mind and decided to pick No. 55 instead.
- In his younger years, he represented the Police Athletic League Detroit Giants in several competitions and championships for seven years.
- He runs a charity called Team Graham 55. The organization basically deals on providing football opportunities for the youths.
- Brandon Graham loves kids as much as he loves football. During the offseason, he regularly visits middle and elementary schools to spend time and read books to the children.
- His official profile attests that he boasts the following career highlights and awards: Super Bowl champion (LII), Second-team All-Pro (2016), Big Ten Most Valuable Player (2009), First-team All-American (2009), First-team All-Big Ten (2009), and Second-team All-Big Ten (2008).
- Following a brilliant on-field performance, Brandon won himself the MVP of the 2010 Senior Bowl title.