Philadelphia Eagles defensive end and former Michigan Wolverine Brandon Graham signed a three-year, $40 million extension to stay with the team this offseason. Money well spent on a player that played a key role the Eagles winning Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots.
Hope was fleeting for Eagles fans as Tom Brady and the Patriots offense stepped onto the field with just over two minutes left in the game. It was like deja vu. Brady had done the unthinkable the year before, overcoming a 28-3 deficit against the Atlanta Falcons and it felt as if he was going to do it again.
Graham had other plans.
With 2:16 left in the fourth quarter, Graham was able to bullrush past Patriots guard Shaq Mason and strip sack Brady. The Eagles were able to pounce on the loose football and went on to clinch their first ever Super Bowl Championship.
Even though the Patriots were able to get the football back, the play had two former Wolverines colliding, will be remembered as the game winner for the Eagles.
Derek Barnett was the one who was able to secure the fumble, but Graham was the one who got to keep the football.
Brady and Graham’s paths have yet to cross since the Super Bowl, but Graham told 97.1 the Ticket’s Doug Karsch and Khang on Wednesday morning that he makes sure he is already ready if he does end up seeing Brady.
“I keep it in my car,” said Graham, “If I’m going up to Michigan I take that ball with me, just in case I run into [Brady].”
The two both attended the University of Michigan, but not together. Brady is 10 years older than Graham and got drafted in 2000, while Graham heard his name called in 2010.
Graham’s hoping to have the acclaimed ‘GOAT’ sign the football and has little doubt that he will.
“I’m for sure he will sign it,” said Graham, “because he won another one. I thought we were on our way back, it would have been nice to beat the Saints, but the Saints were tough this year. For him to come right back and say, ‘I’m not done yet’ and to win another one it just shows you how fortunate we were to stop him.”