A Leader IdentifiedAugust 19th, 2010
The leadership question has permeated Raheem The Dream news conferences and the Bucs organization since Derrick Brooks was shown the door along with other veterans.
Who was going to rise up and fill the void?
Sure, guys like Jeff Faine and Ronde Barber were said to have a lot of those leadership qualities, but neither was identified by the head coach as “the guy.”
Today, in his session with the Tampa Bay press corps, Raheem The Dream shined a spotlight on Earnest Graham as a team leader. “Earnest, the ultimate fighter, the guy that came from nowhere from this football team and really [became] one of those leaders that you keep asking about,” Raheem The Dream said.
Joe is a huge fan of Graham, who is a refreshingly unselfish player and a candid speaker.
Joe does know, though, that the best leaders are guys on the field. And Joe is concerned about how Graham will hold up taking a season’s worth of punishment at fullback.