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Earnest Graham Is Probably Done

June 23, 2012 at 01:59pm by Scott   •  6 Comments »

Earnest Graham in his prime.
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.

6 Comments to “Earnest Graham Is Probably Done”

Glen_Runciter

Glen_Runciter (June 23, 2012 at 07:12pm:

Dude was the epithome (after 3 beers, I’m not gonna check if that word means what I think it does) of the loveable, humble utility player, always there when you needed him, always leaving everything he had on the field.
This league REALLY needs more guys like he is, instead of the utter morons most players are.

Meatmaster

Meatmaster (June 23, 2012 at 09:16pm:

after 3 beers you need 6 more sir

jampersands

jampersands (June 24, 2012 at 02:10am:

Hope he saved some of the money he got on the last contract. Graham never had a huge payday, like most guys in the league, and the way he selflessly played the most brutal positions in the sport will take its toll.

Good luck, Earnest, you were one of the best.

BaldBuc4055

BaldBuc4055 (June 24, 2012 at 04:05pm:

Glen, for somebody that’s been drinking, you pretty much nailed the use of the word. And I agree with Meatmaster, you need to down some more brews. On a serious note, Earnest will be missed, loved watching that guy play. I don’t think it was a coincidence that when he went down last year, the Bucs’ season went down the toilet.

Matt Price

Matt Price (June 25, 2012 at 12:08pm:

Graham has honestly been my favorite Buc in recent years. I wish he’d gotten more of a chance to shine. I wish him well.

Crunchy4582

Crunchy4582 (June 26, 2012 at 09:59am:

I always really liked Graham. I wish him well, but he will definitely be missed!

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