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papz 11-07-2011 06:11 PM

Liftoff: Graham's Stock Continues to Rise
Sky is the limit for second-year TE, whose hardwood background has successfully transitioned to the football field

Jimmy Graham said as a kid he always wanted to fly.

“I probably watched the movie Top Gun a thousand times,” said Graham. “I think I burned a hole in the VHS I had because I rewound it so much.”

With the help from his close friend, John Fox, Graham started taking pilot lessons this past offseason. Graham would wake up as early as 5:30 a.m. in Miami to take lessons before his daily workout. After three months of training, Graham earned his pilot’s license.

“It’s pretty cool because it is something I can continue to work on,” said Graham. “You have to work to get other licenses to fly other planes and there are always helicopters. It’s limitless to what you can do.”

Graham said one of the things that pushed him to get the license is so he could easily travel to Miami to watch his favorite player, the Miami Heat’s LeBron James, play.

Additionally, he plans to use it during the offseason when the Saints hold offseason workouts at their facility in Metairie.

Graham hopes to purchase his own private plane in a couple years. For now, the adventurous tight end will rent a plane when he wants to fly somewhere.

One problem with renting planes: There aren’t many 6-foot-6, 260-pound pilots. Graham said he has to rent the bigger and more expensive planes when he flies to accommodate his tall frame.

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Liftoff: Graham's Stock Continues to Rise

RockyMountainSaint 11-07-2011 06:40 PM

Thanks papz.

I love this kid.

Funny that our 1st 1,000 yard receiver in forever will be a Tight End.

QBREES9 11-07-2011 08:50 PM

I give it to Mikey Loomis. Man he knows how to find talent.

st thomas 11-08-2011 11:40 AM

jimmy the aviator graham wow

saintfan 11-08-2011 01:53 PM

homerj07 11-08-2011 08:25 PM

The Flying BEAST

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