Jeff Graham: The Pump
Jeff Graham spent 11 seasons as a wide receiver in the NFL, however his career is best captured here in this 1994 Upper Deck card in a pair of Reebok Pump shoes on the astroturf of Three Rivers Stadium. Not to mention the two Pittsburgh Pirates logos on the outfield wall behind him.
I really miss the multi-purpose stadiums of the 1970s. Astroturf, carpet patches to cover the base areas and moveable seats. Thankfully they were very much in the past.
Graham was best known for his college career at Ohio State. The Dayton-native, hauled in 99 receptions for 1,812 yards and 12 touchdowns on this way to being named the Buckeye’s most valueable playing in 1990. He was also tabbed as a first team All-Big Ten selection that year.
Graham was selected as the by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 46th selection in the second round of the 1991 NFL draft.
After being traded to the Chicago Bears following the 1994 NFL Draft, Graham set team records. In 1995, he set a single-season record for 1,301 yards. It was the first 1,000 yard receiving season for a Bear since 1970.
That Bears squad, which just barely missed making the NFC playoffs also featured former Buckeyes Alonzo Spellman and Raymont Harris.
Graham spent the remainder of his NFL career with the New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers. He was signed by the Atlanta Falcons in April 2002, but was cut by the team less then three months later.