Thursday, November 8, 2012

Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Brandon Graham

Is that you, Magnus?
Pickings were slim this week, so I went with Brandon Graham despite his team's 28-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints.  Graham had an impressive play early in the third quarter on Monday Night Football when he came hard off the edge, stripped Drew Brees and recovered the fumble.  The ensuing drive lead to an Eagles touchdown and temporarily gave them a sliver of hope.  Graham finished the game with two tackles.  He now has 14 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 fumble forced and one fumble recovery on the year.

Honorable Mention:  LaMarr Woodley puts the look of terror into the eyes of opposing quarterbacks.  Don't believe me?  I present to you Exhibit A:
Exhibit A
Woodley sacked Eli Manning late in the forth quarter on third down.  The sack forced a Manning fumble, and although it was recovered by the Giants, the play lead to a punt and helped Woodley's Steelers pull out a close win.  (No, there is no Exhibit B.)

  • Stevie Brown disappointed his team, family and Michigan alumni by playing in a game this year in which he failed to pick off a pass and return it half the length of the football field.  But he did make eight tackles, including one for a loss.
  • Steve Breaston broke out of his funk and caught a couple balls for seventeen yards.
  • Leon Hall had five tackles and continues to be a starting CB for the Bengals despite a lingering leg injury. 


  1. Good for Graham. Always liked him. He was a light of hope in the very dark seasons that were 2008 and 2009.

  2. Ahh the Bangles. Even though I was just a little kid I was crushing on Susana Hoffs like nobodies business. Still kinda am, actually.

  3. Read some Eagles writer saying Graham was really emerging as one of their top defensive players. Great to see an all-time Michigan fan favorite do well after he got his NFL career off to such a sluggish start.