Graham Roomed With His Mom In College

February 13th, 2011

Joe had heard of this Earnest Graham story below previously and saw it again today in a profile of Ed Block Courage Award nominees, which honors a player on each NFL team for sportsmanship, courage and other achievements of character. Players vote for a teammate on each club.

The folks at out of Baltimore have put together short profiles of every NFL pick for the award. Graham is the selection for the Bucs. Here’s a snippet of the profile:

She lost her battle with cancer last November. Graham was extremely close with his mother, “My mom was my roommate in college. I lived with her a year and a half, two years,” Earnest Graham said. “She had some major back surgery, major back problems. She didn’t want me to live with her, but that was the only way I could give her some help. It was to the point where I was picking her up out of bed. She couldn’t even get up out of bed. But she would still go to work.”

This is just such a testament’s to Graham’s character. Joe’s almost speechless, even though he’s heard it before.

Joe wonders whether Graham’s mother’s final days and her passing — all during last season — had a significant effect on Graham on the field. How could they not? It could be a bit of a bounceback season in 2011 for him for that reason.

Joe typically talks to Graham before his annual bowling and basketball charity fundraisers each May. Just a great guy.

8 Responses to “Graham Roomed With His Mom In College”

  1. RastaMon Says:

    he will not be on the roster next year….maybe the coaching staff

  2. Patrick Says:

    Graham is an inspiration to us all.

    Man, he is such a talented running back that could’ve been a pro bowl player if given the chance. But no, his career was just wasted cause one no gave him a chance. As an Earnest Graham fan, I wish he would’ve spoken up more here about his role and stood up for himself. He’s meant to be a running back, not a fullback.

  3. Joke Says:

    Earnest Graham seems like a great guy. My favorite “new” (i.e. post SB-win) player on the team.

  4. Lucas Jackson Says:

    Look no further than EG to see what an incredible mom Ms. G must have been.

  5. Capt.Tim Says:

    Earnest is the kind of player and person you love to have representing your team and your town. God bless you EG! I don’t believe his story here is finished.

  6. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    I agree, Graham’s career was wasted in Tampa, but he is much too much of a team player to ever complain. I will miss him, but I hope Tampa lets him go to a team that will play him regular, and allow him to finish out his career in style, vs riding the bench in Tampa.

  7. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    Can’t imagine he’s gone in 2011. He’s signed and too valuable to let go.

  8. tha truth is... Says:

    can’t help but love EG. Great guy