THE EAGLES INSIDER Q&A
Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro sits down with defensive end Brandon Graham for a Q&A from a recent edition of the Eagles Insider podcast
presented by Lincoln Financial Group. Graham discusses his journey from being drafted in the first round by the Eagles in 2010 to fighting
through injuries to his thoughts about the 2019 team. He also dives into life outside of football, specifically his love of fatherhood.
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DAVE SPADARO: What is it like to be an Eagle for your entire
football career after signing a three-year extension in the offseason?
BRANDON GRAHAM: “I couldn’t imagine being gone and
knowing what type of team we have. I’m glad we got it right and I’m
glad to be back.”
DS: What was the experience like being the first-round pick for
the Eagles in 2010?
BG: “I was at The Townsend Hotel when I got selected, back in
Birmingham, Michigan. I remember having to do an interview right
outside of the hotel with a couple of guys from The Detroit News.
I had to go get ready to fly to Philly the next day. I was just excited.
We did a whole photo shoot outside. I went over to talk to (former
Eagles linebacker and current radio host) Ike Reese. That day was
the best. It was the best feeling ever. It’s still the best feeling ever.”
DS: Did you feel like you could come into the NFL and be a star
BG: “I felt like I could be. That was my mindset. I felt like getting
hurt my first year (Graham suffered a season-ending knee injury)
was a good thing for me because I took taking care of my body
DS: If current Brandon Graham could talk to young Brandon
Graham, what would he tell him?
BG: “Stay consistent. Strive to be consistent. That was always my
biggest thing. As a player, I gave it my all but sometimes I could have
pushed it a little harder. That’s what I feel like I’m doing right now. I
feel like now I’m trying to run to the ball even more.”
DS: How much was your first check in the NFL and did you buy
any luxury items with the money?
BG: “My first actual check was $380,000. It was nice to see. I
still have all the emails from my financial advisor. He was telling me
this is what we’re going to do with your money. The biggest thing I
wanted at the time was a watch. I got a U-Boat.”
DS: When did it finally hit you that you were playing in the NFL?
BG: “With the knee, it took me about two years to get that
confidence. I had a microfracture, ACL, and meniscus. When I finally
came back, I thought, here we go.”
DS: Why do you love your life?
BG: “Life is always good. It’s really good because I have two kids
(Emerson and Bryson) now and a wife (Carlyne). I just have to come
out here and focus on balling. When I’m at home, I’m at home with
DS: What do you love about being a father?
BG: “Living in a single-parent household, I wish I was able to live
with both parents. I had to become the man of the house. It was just
me and my mom (Tasha) and my sister. I had to take on a lot of the
responsibilities early, as a young man. Now, having a whole family
in the household I want to spend as much time with them as I can. I
know how I felt growing up. I want to make sure I support them and
go to everything I can go to.”
DS: What did you learn from your mom about sacrifice?
BG: “I learned that you have to trust that process. She trusted
me to watch over my sister in the household while she would go
work for 14 hours. My mom had a good group of people that she
trusted. She took care of her business and worked hard.”