BALTIMORE, Md. - Former University of New Hampshire defensive back Corey Graham (Buffalo, N.Y.) has signed a two-year contract to join the National Football League's Baltimore Ravens, it was announced Friday. Graham jumps to the Ravens after a successful five-year tenure with the Chicago Bears, capped by his first career Pro Bowl appearance as the NFC's special teamer earlier this year.
Graham intercepted a career-high three passes with one forced fumble last season and should play a role in Baltimore's secondary.
"I definitely see myself making an impact," Graham told the Associated Press. "I study, I care about the way I play and I figure if I'm going to be doing special teams, I want to be the best special teams player in the league."
In five seasons, Graham has 180 tackles, four interceptions and two forced fumbles.
A team captain during his 2006 senior season with the Wildcats, Graham was a four-year starter 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 for a TD 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.