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Remembering Jimmy Graham: Memorable moments with the New Orleans Saints

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It hasn’t even been but several hours, and New Orleans Saints fans aren’t likely to forget the taxing events of today anytime soon.. Arguably, the same could be said from the entire football world. When the news was announced that the team was trading their Pro Bowl superstar tight end, Jimmy Graham, to the Seattle Seahawks, our hearts dropped. For many members of Who Dat Nation, it felt as if a piece of you was literally being ripped out of you.

I remember witnessing Jimmy Graham’s greatness from the very start.

On July 28, 2010, I attended both the morning and afternoon sessions of Saints training camp. It was an experience of a lifetime. Imagine standing inches away from guys like Darren Sharper, Marques Colston, Jonathan Vilma, Roman Harper, and Tracy Porter, all of whom had just won a Super Bowl. The infamous play was Jimmy Graham going down the middle of the field with Roman Harper defending. Graham and Harper would both go up for an overthrown Drew Brees pass, but it was Graham that would haul in the catch one-handed with Harper draped all over him. I can distinctly remember Dennis Allen’s reaction. He was none too pleased, but at the same time, he was in amazement of what had just transpired.

It was at that moment that I knew Jimmy Graham would have an extremely bright future with the New Orleans Saints. The rest, they say, is history. Graham would go on to shock and awe the entire NFL, finishing with 4,752 receiving yards on 386 receptions, 12.3 yards per reception, and 51 touchdowns in his five seasons with the black and gold. Aside 2010, Graham would be targeted over 125 times per season by quarterback Drew Brees. He finishes as the franchise’s fifth leading receiver, and second in receiving touchdowns.

Graham became an extreme fan favorite early on. He was originally a 3rd round choice out of Miami. He was a sort of gamble, primarily given his basketball background, but he was able to endure, much like his predecessors Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez.

While he leaves the team involuntarily (maybe for the greater good), we honor his legacy by paying tribute to some of the top moments Jimmy Graham produced in his tenure with the Saints.

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