Chicago Bears: Did Jimmy Graham find his next career after football?
Jimmy Graham is nearly 35 years old. He has been a dominant tight end most of his career. Not many agree, but he is easily a future Hall of Fame tight end. Jimmy Graham has the seventh-most all-time receiving yards by a tight end. He is currently ahead of Ozzie Newsome, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999. Newsome played 28 more games than Graham has currently also. Are the Chicago Bears his last stop?
Names of tight ends ahead of him include all-time receiving leader at tight end, Tony Gonzalez, future Hall of Famers Antonio Gates and Rob Gronkowski, and another Hall of Famer in Shannon Sharpe. When it comes to all-time touchdowns, Jimmy Graham finds himself fourth among these other greats. Finally, when we look at receptions, Graham comes in sixth. Yeah, he’s a future Hall of Famer.
Although Jimmy Graham snagged nine total touchdowns last year, eight in the regular season and one in the post season, his efficiency in other areas has dropped drastically. His snap share decreased drastically last season too. He went from the Chicago Bears starting tight end to backup tight end behind rookie Cole Kmet. In the first game versus the Rams, Graham caught one of two targets on only 14 snaps.
Could Jimmy Graham decide to leave the Chicago Bears for a new job?
With Jimmy Graham starting to take a backseat in his career, it’s possible he may choos to hang up his football cleats soon. Is it also possible he already found his new career as a future sky diver? Alright, that’s not really a profession, but maybe he becomes a sky diving instructor. It apparently is a hobby of his — along with fling planes. He recently was able to jump with some of the best in the game.
That’s right, Jimmy Graham, thanks to the USAA, was given an opportunity of a lifetime. He was able to make three jumps with the U.S. Army Golden Knights. This was part of a Whistle Sports “I Can Do That” series. You can see the full video here. Does Graham hold his own or look like a rookie, watch to find out.
The experience was hosted this summer by USAA, Official NFL Salute to Service Partner, as part of their “Salute to Service” initiative, fostering a greater understanding between current and former NFL players and our military.
One thing that Jimmy Graham and the Golden Knights quickly realize is that they share one main thing in common between their professions — comradery.
This is not the firs time Jimmy Graham has jumped from an air plane. He has over 50 jumps notched on his belt. However, this is the best one he’s done as he compares it to playing in the big leagues. Again, I doubt this leads to any future career for Graham, but as a seasoned sky diver and pilot, it’s possible he leans on one after football.
It’s also possible that most Chicago Bears fans wish he would have found a new career during this offseason. No matter what, this is a pretty cool story.