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Brandon Graham And The 10-1 Eagles


The Eagles are one of the best sports stories, not only in Philadelphia, but also in the country this year. Not many thought the Birds would start out 10-1 with the best record in the NFL through Nov. 30, but here they are making mincemeat out of opponents in the league. We caught up to Brandon Graham, the team’s star defensive end, at his annual “Bowl with the Birds” charity event on Nov. 26 where he said the key to the success has been team chemistry mixed with talent and coaching.

“We were lucky that we were able to keep about 80 percent of the guys from last year, and the new guys that came in were able to adjust and be molded into how we did things in practice and learn our mental approach to the game,” he said. “Everyone has just bought in to the way we do things here. We practice hard and we have high expectations, and we share the spotlight, and are disciplined and unselfish.” Graham, who struggled his first three seasons in the league, now takes on a leadership role with the team. If he sees a young player struggling, he often steps in. “I have been here eight years now, so I always try to make sure I am doing the same things every day and getting my reps and being disciplined. If I see a young player struggling with something, I will definitely go up as one of the leaders on the team and offer advice and support. I think we’ve seen that at every position. Sure, we all want to play, but everyone helps everyone at the same positions. It’s a special thing that is going on and we are winning, so everybody is excited.”

Graham said it takes a while to adjust to the NFL, and the mix of veterans with young players is a good formula for success. “I’ve been playing a while now, so I have learned how to keep my body fresh. It’s a long season. You have to take care of yourself during the week, to reward your body and your team on Sundays. The young players are doing the same. I know that’s a big adjustment coming from college.” Graham has been heavily involved with media events and charity events over the years and rarely misses an opportunity. “I have come to this event every year. Jeremy Maclin was the [face] of it when I started and I was intrigued. So, when [director Steven Goldstein and Craig Caplan] asked me; I was thrilled to be a part of it. I think it’s so important to give back. I love talking to the fans and mentoring some of them, if they have questions. If you can get information and touch one person, they will tell someone, and that’s how strong positive mentoring gets passed along. The fans are great, and so far this year we have all had a lot to cheer about.”

 

Brandon Graham And The 10-1 Eagles
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Jeremy Treatman is the founder and co-director of the Scholastic Play-by-Play Classics and Sports Broadcasting Camps. Over 50 NBA players, including Lebron James, Kevin Durant, and Rajon Rondo played in his events when they were in high school. Jeremy wrote high school sports for the INQUIRER for 10 years, and was the first TV reporter for the HIgh School Sports Show on Channel 29 from 1994-2001. He currently is Comcast's announcer for all high school games.

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