Brandon Graham has played more regular season games for the Eagles than anyone in history

Brandon Graham has played more regular season games for the Eagles than anyone in history

I have been an Eagles fan for a long time and I can recall many (so many!) players that the Birds drafted who didn’t live up to their potential or, really, any potential. I once thought that 2010 first round pick Brandon Graham was going to be another player who joined that lengthy, ignominious list. How very wrong I was, because after stepping on the field Sunday afternoon against the Buffalo Bills, Graham became the Philadelphia Eagles’ all-time leader in regular season games played for the franchise.

If you’d like to take a little trip down memory lane to see how unlikely this record is, here is a thread of all the times Graham almost wasn’t an Eagle over the past decade.

The former Michigan Wolverines star has now played 189 games in midnight (and Kelly) green, which breaks his first place tie with David Akers, and sets him up to be the first Eagles player to appear in over 190 games. Here is the top-five, which contains three active players, for reference:

  • DE Brandon Graham: 189 (current)
  • K David Akers: 188
  • C Jason Kelce: 186 (current)
  • S Brian Dawkins: 183
  • DL Fletcher Cox: 182 (current)

Over his 14-year career with Philadelphia, Graham has amassed 456 tackles (335 solo), 72 sacks, 22 forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, and nine passes defended. In the playoffs, where you can add another nine games to his career total, Graham has 15 tackles (12 solo), 4.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. After being drafted in 2010, Graham didn’t become a full-time starter until five years later and didn’t earn his first Pro Bowl invitation until a decade after his career started.

He has represented the Eagles well on and off the field and will never have to pay for a drink in Philadelphia for the rest of his life. He also has the distinction of being the player who made the most important play in franchise history: the strip sack of Tom Brady in Super Bowl LII.

“But [Graham] just helped me out in my transition from becoming an offensive coordinator to a head coach because of the leader that he is. To have leaders like that. He’s awesome. He’s unbelievable,” head coach Nick Sirianni gushed this week. There are more great quotes and anecdotes in the linked story from NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Dave Zangaro.

Hopefully Graham still has a few more games left in the tank, because the Birds are planning on playing into February again this year and they’ll need veterans like Graham to help lead them there.

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