Graham Just Kept Coming
MINNEAPOLIS (973espn.com) - On one of the worst defensive nights in Super Bowl history, Brandon Graham kept on coming.
Energy defines Graham as a player and the spark-plug defensive end was not about to ease up on the motor no many how many plays Tom Brady was making.
The G.O.A.T. was spectacular against the Eagles defense in Super Bowl LII, gashing Jim Schwartz's unit for over 500 yards passing but Nick Foles was matching Brady throw for throw and the game turned into a shootout, one in which Philadelphia had a lead late but Brady had the ball.
It sure seemed like we had seen this movie before until Graham sent it back for a rewrite.
This ending saw Graham racing off the left side and stripping Brady before an alert Derek Barnett secured the football.
The Evil Empire was essentially dead, at least for this season as the Eagles secured their first Super Bowl title with a thrilling 41-33 win.
"Just keep coming, boy," Graham explained after while taking with his little girl in tow, "Keep believing. Just keep staying positive and focus on the task at hand, and that's your job. Keep working hard and one of these days -- one of these plays -- something's going to open up for you. And just make sure you're ready for that moment."
Relentless defines Graham's greatest trait as a player and no matter how bad the defense looked at times in allowing over 600 yards of total offense, the personality of a game can sometimes dictate numbers.
And Jim Schwartz has been consistent this season in explaining his thought process -- the only number that matters is the one that shows that the opponent scored one less point than the Eagles.
Graham made sure that was the case on the biggest stage Sunday night despite tweaking his hamstring in-game.
"We didn't get frustrated," Graham said. "We knew something was going to open up one of them days. One of these plays he was going to have to hold the ball, and we wanted to make sure we was there.
"... we just kept coming."
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen