Kent Graham

Kent Douglas Graham (born November 1, 1968) is a former American football quarterback. Graham played quarterback at the University of Notre Dame before transferring to Ohio State University. After his college football career, Graham had a lengthy career in the National Football League (NFL) during which he played for the New York Giants in two separate stints, as well as starting for the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He finished his career in 2002 with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Kent Graham
No. 10, 11
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born:November 1, 1968 (age 50)
Winfield, Illinois
Career information
High school:Wheaton North (IL)
College:Ohio State
NFL Draft:1992 / Round: 8 / Pick: 211
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
TDINT:39–33
Yards:7,801
QB Rating:69.0
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

Graham attended Wheaton North High School in Wheaton, Illinois, where he was awarded the National High School Quarterback of the Year honor by The National Quarterback Club in 1986. Recruited by Notre Dame, he won his first career start for the Irish as a freshman against Boston College in 1987. However, the option-run offense implemented by coach Lou Holtz was an imperfect fit for the drop-back passer, and after his sophomore year he transferred to Ohio State, where he was the starter for the 1991 campaign in which the Buckeyes finished 8-4.

Professional career

Graham began his NFL career with the Giants in 1992, after the team drafted him in the eighth round of that year's NFL Draft. Due to injuries to starters Phil Simms and Jeff Hostetler, Graham was forced into the starting lineup and started three games before he too was injured. He stayed with the team for two more years, only getting one more start, before leaving to play with the Detroit Lions in 1995. After not seeing any action, he signed with the Arizona Cardinals in 1996, where he eventually became the team's starting quarterback. In two separate stints as Cardinals quarterback, Graham threw for a combined 3,032 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.

Graham returned to the Giants in 1998 to serve as backup to Danny Kanell, who had led the team to the NFC East title the previous year. He moved into the starting lineup in Week 12 after Kanell had led the Giants to a 3 - 7 record in the first ten games. Graham led the Giants to two wins in his first three starts, then secured a major upset over the then-undefeated and eventual Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos in Week 15 by throwing a late touchdown pass to Amani Toomer to clinch the victory. Graham finished the season 5-1 as the team's starter, and won his final four starts.

Graham started the 1999 season as the starter ahead of offseason acquisition Kerry Collins. He held a winning record in his nine starts, finishing 5-4, but struggled most of the year. After back-to-back ineffective performances he was benched during a Week 11 game against the Washington Redskins in favor of Collins. He did not see another snap as a Giant. Graham was released during the off-season (February 10, 2000) due to his lack of consistency and to create room under the salary cap.

In February 2000 Graham was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers on a $5.1 million deal over three years to replace Mike Tomczak, who had been released in the off-season, as the backup for Kordell Stewart. In the wake of Stewart, who was having to cope with drastic changes to the offensive team members (including Tomczak, who had served as his mentor), having a mediocre 1999 season and a competitive first training camp, Steelers coach Bill Cowher (who, according to media rumors, was nearly fired by the Steelers organization for giving Stewart too many chances) assigned Graham as the starting quarterback for the start of the 2000 season. Despite solid efforts, Graham performed less than impressive, beginning the season 0-3 due to Pittsburgh's defensive weaknesses. In the third game of the season vs. the Tennessee Titans, Graham threw for 254 yards in one of the best offensive showings for the Steelers in over two seasons before injuring his hip late in the game and being replaced by Stewart, who went on to lead the team to two straight victories as Graham recovered. This built a quarterback controversy among fans and media, as many of the Steeler faithful supported Graham ahead of Stewart despite Stewart's recent successes with the team (having led the team to the playoffs twice in his first two full years as starter). However, Graham struggled mightily upon his return to the Steelers and eventually lost whatever playing time he had earned. After platooning with Graham Stewart returned to the starting position and Graham was cut at the end of the year.

In 2001, he was signed by the Redskins. After initial starter Jeff George was cut, Graham became the team's second stringer for much of the season. In 2002, Graham was picked in the expansion draft by the Houston Texans to be their third-string quarterback. He never played again.

Personal life

His son, Taylor Graham, attended the New York Giants rookie minicamp in 2015 tryouts.[1]

References

  1. ^ "NY Giants website".

External links

1991 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

The 1991 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the 1991 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Buckeyes compiled an 8–4 record, including the 1992 Hall of Fame Bowl in Tampa, Florida, where they lost, 24–17, to the Syracuse Orangemen.

1992 New York Giants season

The 1992 New York Giants season was the franchise's 68th season in the National Football League. The Giants finished in fourth place in the National Football Conference East Division with a 6–10 record. Head coach Ray Handley was fired after this season, when the Giants finished 1–6 after starting the season 5–4.Injuries helped to mar the Giants' season, especially at quarterback. Phil Simms, once again the team's starting quarterback, suffered a season-ending elbow injury in Week 4. With Simms out the team once again turned to Jeff Hostetler, the Giants' original 1991 starter and winner of Super Bowl XXV, to take his place. Hostetler, who had his own troubles with injuries including a broken back that ended his 1991 season, soon found himself out of the lineup after suffering a concussion in Week 12. The Giants were then forced to turn to a pair of rookies, Kent Graham and Dave Brown, but Graham suffered from elbow and shoulder problems, and Brown suffered a broken right thumb. Hostetler returned for the final two games of the season, a win over the Kansas City Chiefs and a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.Perhaps the most catastrophic injury was the torn Achilles' tendon suffered by future Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor in Week 10, as the Giants only won once more after the injury. It was the second consecutive year that an injury to Taylor ended his season prematurely (a sprained knee in Week 13 of the 1991 season forced Taylor to miss the final game of the regular season and a previous game against the Cincinnati Bengals).

1996 Arizona Cardinals season

The 1996 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise's 98th season, 77th season in the National Football League and the 9th in Arizona. The team improved upon their previous output of 4–12, winning seven games. Despite this improvement, the Cardinals failed to qualify to the playoffs for the fourteenth consecutive season.

The low point of the season was providing a notorious New York Jets team with its only win in front of fewer than thirty thousand people. This was the first time the Cardinals had opposed the Jets since 1978. The reason for this is that before the admission of the Texans in 2002, NFL scheduling formulas for games outside a team’s division were much more influenced by table position during the previous season.This was Boomer Esiason's only season with the Cardinals as he would re-sign with the Cincinnati Bengals after this season.

1998 New York Giants season

The 1998 New York Giants season was the team's 74th season in the National Football League. The team failed to improve upon their previous season's output of 10–5–1, winning only eight games and missing the playoffs. Perhaps the most memorable moment of the 1998 season took place during week 15, when the Giants defeated the previously undefeated Denver Broncos on a late touchdown pass from Kent Graham to Amani Toomer.

1999 New York Giants season

The 1999 New York Giants season was the franchise's 75th season in the National Football League and the third under head coach Jim Fassel. The team failed to improve upon their previous season's output of 8–8, winning only seven games and missing the playoffs for the second straight season.

2000 Pittsburgh Steelers season

The 2000 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the franchise's 68th season as a professional sports franchise and as a member of the National Football League.

The season began with the team trying to improve on their 6–10 record from 1999 in which they failed to qualify for the playoffs. While Pittsburgh did improve to 9–7 and had their first winning season since 1997, it was not enough for the team to qualify for the playoffs. This season also marked the Steelers' last at Three Rivers Stadium.

Coach Bill Cowher named Kent Graham as the team's starting quarterback for the season, but after an auspicious 1–3 start, Graham got hurt, and Kordell Stewart, who was a backup, took over the starting job. Graham was released at the end of the season.

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Graham Johnson may refer to:

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Graham Johnson (cricketer, born 1946), cricketer with Kent

Graham Johnson (cricketer, born 1958), former English cricketer

Graham Johnson (canoeist) (born 1943), Australian sprint canoeist

Graham Johnson (author) (born 1968), British author and investigative journalist

Graham Johnson (scientist), American medical illustrator

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In high school, Andrysiak played baseball, basketball, and track and field, but he particularly excelled in football. During his senior season in 1983, he completed 95 of 153 passes for 1,859 yards, 21 touchdowns, and only three interceptions. He was named an Adidas Scholastic Prep All-American and a Sporting News Top 100 Football Recruit.As a sophomore at Notre Dame, Andrysiak won his first game as a starting quarterback while filling in for an injured Steve Beuerlein—a 37-14 victory over Mississippi.At the beginning of his senior year, Andrysiak was given the starting job by head coach Lou Holtz over future NFL player Kent Graham, and would win his first three starts, including a 26-7 victory at ninth-ranked Michigan and a 31-8 victory over seventeenth-ranked (and eventual Rose Bowl champions) Michigan State. His eleven-yard touchdown pass to Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown at Michigan is regarded as one of the most spectacular receptions ever made by the wide receiver.However, Andrysiak's season was truncated by a separated shoulder in a loss to Pittsburgh. He returned to start the final game of the season, a 35-10 loss to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl Classic. After graduation, he played for four years in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Ottawa Rough Riders.

Andrysiak was inducted into Detroit's Catholic High School League Hall of Fame in 1988, and the Allen Park Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. He returned to his high school as the head football coach for three seasons and qualified for the state playoffs in 1995, his final year. He also coached one year at Niles High School, in Niles, Michigan, in 1996.

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