Jeff Graham
Personal information
Date of birth: (1966-02-05) February 5, 1966 (age 55)
Career information
College: Long Beach State
NFL Draft: 1989 / Round: 4 / Pick: 87
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Green Bay Packers ( 1989)*
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A

Jeff Graham (born February 5, 1966) is a former American football quarterback who played five seasons in the National Football League with the San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 1989 NFL Draft.[1] He played college football at California State University, Long Beach and attended Estancia High School in Costa Mesa, California.[2] Graham was also a member of the New York/New Jersey Knights of the World League of American Football. He was inducted into the Long Beach State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.[3]

Professional career

Green Bay Packers

Graham was drafted 87th overall in the 1989 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He was the sixth quarterback taken in the draft and the second quarterback taken by the Packers in the draft as Anthony Delwig was drafted in the previous round. Graham was traded on draft day to the Washington Redskins for Linebacker Erik Affholter and an 8th round pick.

Washington Redskins

Graham entered the Redskins training camp to battle out Stan Humphries for the 3rd string quarterback position behind Doug Williams and Mark Rypien. He was waived on August 30.

Cleveland Browns

Graham was picked up by the Cleveland Browns and assigned to their developmental squad for the 1989 season. Graham resigned for the 1990 season however a rotator cuff injury placed him on injured reserve for the season.

New York/New Jersey Knights WLAF

Graham's greatest professional success came as starting quarterback of the World League New York/New Jersey Knights where he started 9 of 10 games played and threw for 2407 yards completing 157 of 272 attempts with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions. He added 140 yards rushing on 24 carries and led the Knights into the playoffs where they lost to the eventual league champion London Monarchs. Graham posted World League postseason record of 399 yards including two touchdowns in the 42-26 loss.

San Diego Chargers

For the 1991 season, Graham was signed to the Chargers practice squad following a tour of duty with the WLAF. Graham was promoted to the 47 man roster December 1 after an injury to starting quarterback John Friesz. The 1992 season gave Graham an opportunity to compete for the starting position with Friez and Pat O'Hara, but in the end, Graham was let go in August cut downs.

Indianapolis Colts

Graham was briefly picked up by the Indianapolis Colts on September 17 1992 following his release from the Chargers. He spent a little over a week with the practice squad before being waived from the squad on September 24.

1st stint Seattle Seahawks

On October 15 1992 Graham was picked up by the Seahawks and assigned to the practice squad. He was released from the practice squad on November 4

Atlanta Falcons

Following his release from the Seahawks practice squad the Atlanta Falcons signed Graham to their practice squad November 18 1992, he was subsequently picked up by Seattle and signed to their active roster.

2nd stint Seattle Seahawks

On December 17 1992 Graham returned to the Seahawks after the retirement of Rusty Hilger and Graham was the Seahawks 3rd string quarterback behind Stan Gelbaugh and Kelly Stouffer. Graham was on and off with the Seahawks through the 1994 season bouncing between the practice squad and inactive roster.

Oakland Raiders

Graham's last year in the NFL came with the Oakland Raiders for the 1995 season. Once Jeff Hostetler was placed on injured reserve in December Graham was promoted to the third-string quarterback position. He was not retained for the 1996 season


  1. "Green Bay Packers Draft History". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  2. Herbert, Steven (March 25, 1991). "Ex-Estancia Standout Shines Despite Loss in WLAF Debut". Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  3. "Jeff Graham". Retrieved November 14, 2014.

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