Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham bounced back of injury and a poor first year in the northwest to make his fourth Pro Bowl in 2016. But in an effort to get even better, the Miami Hurricanes alum lost 20 pounds this offseason.
Graham first considered losing weight two years ago at the 2014 Pro Bowl when he was talking to all-time great tight end Tony Gonzalez.
“When I was younger, I could carry 270 around and run go routes, and it was no big deal,” Graham said during an interview on 710 ESPN via Sheil Kapadia. “Now I’m getting a little bit older. I remember Tony Gonzalez told me, it was his last Pro Bowl, I had the honor of playing with him, and we were talking about weights and lifting and everything. He gave me some good gems. He said, ‘The older you get, you’ve got to shave a little bit of weight. Just for your joints. Just to keep that burst and that bend in your body.’ And he was very, very true.”
Graham actually played at 280 pounds last year, but now he’s down to 260. It will be interesting to see how this changes Graham this fall since he was pretty effective at 280 pounds in 2016. He played all 16 games and posted 65 catches, 923 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns.
The former All-Pro tight end struggled to adjust to the Seahawks offense in 2015 and then tore his patellar tendon in late November. In 11 games that season, Graham had 48 receptions for 605 yards.
Graham’s best season came in 2013 when he had in 86 catches for 1,215 yards and a league-leading 16 touchdowns.