Earnest Graham Is Probably Done
June 23, 2012 at 01:59pm by Scott • 6 Comments »
The new Buccaneers regime decided against signing Earnest Graham to another contract and no other team has really sniffed around him, so it’s not out of the question that Graham could be done. And he’s okay with that.
“Right now, honestly, I’m going to focus on being a free agent, but I definitely understand that it is likely that I may have already played my last game,” said Graham, who lives north of Tampa with his wife and children, ages 9 and 6.
Fans love players who work hard and are humble, and Bucs fans definitely loved Graham for those reasons and more. Graham was willing to do anything he was asked. Backup, starting running back, fullback, special teams… hell, he’d have played defense if his coach had told him he needed him to. He never complained when year after year they tried to bring in other players to replace him. Granted, he did hold out a little in 2008, but it didn’t last long and he wound up signing a deal that was remarkably team-friendly. And his charity and community work was exceptional. Graham was everything player want in a teammate and everything fans want to root for.
I’m sorry to see him go, but running backs are considered over the hill at about 26-years old these days, so at 32 and not being considered elite by anyone, he’s proabbly not going to get much a look. But I have to admit that I’m glad he won’t wear any other teams colors. That would be weird to see. Thanks for everything, Earnest.