Jimmy Graham eager to play alongside fellow Hurricane Jeremy Shockey with New Orleans Saints

By James Varney, The Times-Picayune

April 24, 2010, 6:31AM

Miami Hurricanes tight end Jimmy Graham said he modeled his approach to college football on his predecessor, New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey.

Now he will get the chance to do the same thing during his professional career.
The Saints selected Graham in the third round of the NFL draft — the 95th overall pick — Friday night, but unlike the team’s second-round pick — Southern California offensive tackle Charles Brown — there was a relationship between Graham and the Saints.

For one thing, he says the Saints are his favorite team. For another, he attended Super Bowl XLIV in a Saints hat and, prior to that remarkable night against the Colts, was a guest at a Super Bowl practice of New Orleans. Afterward, he approached Shockey and introduced himself.

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