Jimmy Graham talks retirement plans

December, 27, 2011
12/27/11
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NEW ORLEANS -- In the moments after Drew Brees broke Dan Marino’s record for passing yards in a season Monday night, a bunch of other New Orleans Saints were brought into the media room to talk about their quarterback.

Perhaps the most entertaining of the bunch was tight end Jimmy Graham. He was asked what he’d be doing if Brees wasn’t his quarterback.

“I’d be overseas playing basketball,’’ said Graham, who played basketball at the University of Miami.

Graham then had another very interesting revelation.

“I told Drew that whenever he decides to retire, I’m going to retire,’’ Graham said. “I’ll never play with another quarterback. I’m really serious about that.’’

Interesting because Graham is only in his second NFL season. Brees hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, but he’ll turn 33 in January and can’t go on forever. Graham sounded very serious when he made the statement.

So keep an eye on this as the end of Brees’ career draws closer. Graham just might be serious about walking away from the game while he’s still young.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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