You’ve heard the story so many times that we won’t bore you and its details again. We’ll just give you the short version.
Once upon a time, an Andy Reid-led Philadelphia Eagles team traded up in the 2010 NFL Draft with what most thought was the intention of drafting Earl Thomas out of the Texas Longhorns program. ‘Big Red’ did what ‘Big Red ‘ does in the draft more often than not.
He took someone who would play in the trenches. This time, it was Brandon Graham of the Michigan Wolverines.
How did that work out? Well, after getting off to a fast start in his career, one is probably headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, but he’s cooled as of late. He’s also unemployed.
The other’s career got off to a slow start, but he’s carved out a nice resume for himself as well. The problem is, despite the fact that he’s the author of what might be the most famous strip-sack in NFL history (it’s either him or the one by Charles Woodson that was ruled as an incomplete forward pass), no one outside of his own locker room and franchise wants to acknowledge that.
Brandon Graham, despite the fact that he’s a shoo-in for the Eagles Hall of Fame, has never even been voted to the Pro Bowl. He’s back for what might be his final ride in Eagles green, his eleventh season as a professional, but before any of you gets any bright ideas, you need to be schooled on something. There’s no need to right any Earl Thomas wrongs now. He’s now become a locker room distraction, and he’s clearly on the downside of his career.