Jimmy Graham sends a special thank you to the New Orleans Saints

Tight end Jimmy Graham, whose contract with the New Orleans Saints ended after last season, recently sent a thank you the team, the fans, and the city.
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Last offseason, Jimmy Graham signed a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints. The tight end was returning to the place where his career started; where he really established himself as a force in the league. Now that the season has concluded and Graham is no longer under contract with the Saints, he sent a sincere message of thanks to the team, the fans, and the city.

Posted to his Instagram, Graham posted a lengthy message, captioned with another statement saying that things ended quickly after the season, so he didn’t have time to speak with the media and express his gratitude. He created that opportunity on his social media.

Jimmy Graham expresses gratitude for the Saints and city of New Orleans

He thanks the Saints organization for taking a chance on him 14 years ago, New Orleans for its unwavering support, the fans for their energy, love, and motivation, as well as all the coaches and teammates he had during his time in New Orleans. Considering that Graham is 37, it’s easy to perceive the message as a retirement statement, but Graham instead said he doesn’t know what his future holds. He just wanted to take the time to say thank you.

If it is the end of his playing days, it’s the end of a great career. In 13 seasons, Jimmy Graham made five Pro Bowls and two All-Pro teams. He had two seasons with greater than 1200 receiving yards, including the 2013 season when he led the league with 16 receiving touchdowns. He was undoubtedly one of the best red-zone options since entering the league, and that was still evident last season, when he had four touchdowns on only six catches.

Now, Graham is seemingly focusing on his life as the most interesting man in the world. He has already announced his plans to row across the Arctic Ocean in 2025, so the challenges will definitely continue for him.