DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire congratulates Super Bowl XLVII champion Corey Graham (Buffalo, N.Y.) of the Baltimore Ravens, a former Wildcat football captain who was part of the winning team in Sunday's 34-31 victory against the San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.
Graham, 27, started at cornerback and notched six tackles, four solo, while tacking on two pass breakups. That performance capped a postseason in which Graham compiled 25 tackles, including an 11-tackle effort in the AFC Championship game victory at New England, and tallied two interceptions in the AFC Divisional game win at Denver.
The 2006 UNH captain joins fellow Wildcat alumni Bruce Huther (Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl XII) and Dan Kreider (Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl XL) as former Wildcats to win the NFL championship. Other former Wildcats to appear in the Super Bowl were Dwayne Sabb (New England Patriots, Super Bowl XXXI) and Scott Curtis (Denver Broncos, Super Bowl XXIV), while Huther returned to the big game with the Cowboys in a losing effort in Super Bowl XIII.
Graham, a six-year veteran who signed a free agent contract with the Baltimore Ravens last March, was a four-year starter for the Wildcats. The defensive back 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, a Pro Bowler on special teams last season for the Chicago Bears, 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.
In six professional seasons, Graham has amassed 240 tackles, six interceptions and five forced fumbles.
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