December 28, 2011

Wildcat Alum Corey Graham Earns NFC Pro Bowl Berth for Chicago Bears

DURHAM, N.H. - Former University of New Hampshire and now Chicago Bears' defensive back Corey Graham (Buffalo, N.Y.) was named to the NFC Pro Bowl Team on Tuesday. Graham, a fifth-year veteran, earns his first Pro Bowl honor as the NFC's special teamer.

Graham, 26, has compiled 13 tackles, 11 solo, with three interceptions, three passes defended and a forced fumble for the Bears this season. The 6-foot, 196-pound DB contributes on five of the team's special team units: punt and kick coverage, punt and kickoff returns and field goal blocks.

A team captain during his 2006 senior season, Graham was a four-year starter for the Wildcats who compiled 302 career tackles, 195 solo, with 12 interceptions, including three returned for touchdowns. He added 31 pass breakups and returned 65 kickoffs for 1,787 yards and two touchdowns. His collegiate career highlight was a 99-yard kick return versus Georgia Southern in the opening round of the 2004 NCAA Division I-AA (now FCS) Championship tournament.

Graham became the 12th UNH football player ever drafted when the Bears selected him in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft, coincidentally following in the footsteps of fellow UNH alum Jerry Azumah (Worcester, Mass.), who was Chicago's fifth-round pick in 1999. The parallels don't stop there. Graham, like Azumah, was named to the Pro Bowl for special teams-play in his fifth season, though Azumah was feted as a kick-return specialist.

The 2012 NFL Pro Bowl is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 29, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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