Will Super Bowl LVII be Brandon Graham’s last game with the Eagles?
Will star defensive lineman Brandon Graham leave the Eagles after the Super Bowl?
Graham’s wife, Carlyne, hinted at the possibility during an on-court interview Sunday after Philadelphia beat the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.
CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson’s interview with Graham was crushed by Carlyne and their two children, including their crying daughter. As Graham hugged his daughter to comfort her, his wife spoke to Anderson about what it meant to see her husband in the Super Bowl again nearly 18 months after an Achilles injury left him in the lurch. gap for almost the entire 2021 season.
“To know he’s back from injury and to know all the hard work he’s put in, this could potentially be the last game he plays for Philly, I’m at a loss for words,” Carlyne said. “I’m so proud of him.”
Graham played his entire 13-year career with Philadelphia after the Eagles selected him 13th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. This summer he said he hopes to play three more seasons and has noted that he was ready to spend a year elsewhere. But as the 2022 campaign draws to a close, Graham reiterated his desire to continue playing for the only professional team he has ever known.
He certainly proved there was still tread on his tires, recording a career-high 11 sacks in the regular season. The future 35-year-old said in early January that retirement could also be considered if the Eagles win the title.
“My wife asked me the same question,” Graham told Philadelphia sports radio station 94WIP. “And you know what, let’s win first and then I’ll talk to you.”
Graham is perhaps best known for his fourth-quarter strip-sack of then-Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to win Super Bowl LII, the Eagles’ first. He is also the franchise’s longest serving player and a team captain.
All of this translates into his huge impact off the pitch. Graham has received many accolades for his charitable work in Philadelphia and his hometown of Detroit, and he is the Eagles’ nominee for the 2022 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. He was also featured in “A Philly Special Christmas”, the Christmas music album compiled by Graham’s Eagles teammates Jason Kelce, Jordan Mailata and Lane Johnson.
Graham’s interview last Sunday showed his full range – he consoled his emotional daughter, hugged his wife and answered Anderson’s question about the Eagles’ defensive mentality before rushing into midfield for the presentation of the NFC championship trophy.
Another Eagles girl had more adorable screen time following Sunday’s game. During coach Nick Sirianni’s press conference, his daughter Taylor went viral for doing hand motions and impersonating her dad while he answered a question. Eagles receiver AJ Brown had fun at his coach’s expense once he saw the video.
Sirianni, Graham and Brown will face former Eagles coach Andy Reid and the Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII on February 12, only on FOX and the FOX Sports app.
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