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{{Infobox gridiron football person
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{{Infobox NFL biography
 
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|birth_date=July 17, 1927
|image=Thurman McGraw - 1951 Bowman.jpg
 
|image_size=145
 
|caption=McGraw on a 1951 Bowman football card
 
|position=[[Defensive tackle]]
 
|birth_date={{Birth date|1927|7|17}}
 
 
|birth_place=[[Garden City, Kansas]]
 
|birth_place=[[Garden City, Kansas]]
|death_date={{Death date and age|2000|9|13|1927|07|17}}
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|death_date={{death date and age|2000|09|13|1927|07|17}}
 
|death_place=[[Fort Collins, Colorado]]
 
|death_place=[[Fort Collins, Colorado]]
 
|Position=[[Defensive tackle]]
|height_ft=6
 
 
|College=[[Colorado State University|Colorado State]]
|height_in=5
 
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|DraftedYear=1950
|weight_lbs =235
 
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|DraftedRound=2
|high_school=Paonia ([[Paonia, Colorado]])
 
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|DraftedPick=27
|college=[[Colorado State Rams football|Colorado A&M]]
 
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|DatabaseFootball=MCGRATHU01
|draftyear=1950
 
 
|PFR=McGrTh00
|draftround=2
 
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|Honors=
|draftpick=27
 
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|Awards=
|pastteams=
 
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|Records=
* [[Detroit Lions]] ({{NFL Year|1950}}–{{NFL Year|1954}})
 
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|years=1950-1954
|highlights=
 
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|teams=[[Detroit Lions]]
* [[Pro Bowl]] ([[1951 Pro Bowl|1950]])
 
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|ProBowls=1
|pfr=McGrTh00
 
|CollegeHOF=1608
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|CollegeHOF=40004}}
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'''Thurman "Fum" McGraw''' (July 17, 1927 September 13, 2000) was an [[American football]] player and college athletics administrator. He was inducted into the [[College Football Hall of Fame]] in 1981.
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'''Thurman "Fum" McGraw''' is a former [[College football|collegiate football]] [[defensive tackle]] and 1981 inductee into the [[College Football Hall of Fame]].
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
McGraw was born in [[Garden City, Kansas]]. Standing 6'5" and weighing 235 lbs., McGraw was fresh from action with the [[United States Marine Corps|U.S. Marine Corps]] in [[World War II]] when he enrolled at [[Colorado State University]] in 1946, when it was known as Colorado A&M. Working diligently at his game, McGraw called upon lessons learned as a [[boxing|boxer]] and [[wrestling|wrestler]] to fashion himself into a special breed of football player. His arm strength was crushing to opposing players and his agility developed through wrestling served him well when fending off enemy linemen. Colorado A&M finished 2–7 in McGraw's freshman season, but things would change quickly. As a sophomore, McGraw helped his Rams post a 5–4–1 mark, the team's best record in 11 years. Then, in 1948, the Aggies posted upsets over rivals [[Utah State Aggies football|Utah State]], [[Wyoming Cowboys football|Wyoming]], [[BYU Cougars football|BYU]] and archrival [[Colorado Buffaloes football|Colorado]]. The 1949 campaign, McGraw's last as a four-year [[Letterman (sports)|letterman]], saw the Aggies log a 9–1 record marred only by a loss to Wyoming. After graduation, McGraw joined the [[Detroit Lions]] and captured Rookie of the Year and All-Pro honors. In 1981, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
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He was born in [[Garden City, Kansas]]. Standing 6'5" and weighing 235 lbs., McGraw was fresh from action with the [[United States Marine Corps|U.S. Marine Corps]] in [[World War II]] when he enrolled at [[Colorado State University]] in 1946, when it was known as Colorado A&M. It did not take long before he began making his mark as an exceptional football talent. Working diligently at his game, McGraw called upon lessons learned as a [[boxing|boxer]] and [[wrestling|wrestler]] to fashion himself into a special breed of football player. His arm strength was crushing to opposing players and his agile style developed through wrestling served him well when fending off enemy linemen. Colorado A&M finished a dismal 2-7-0 in McGraw's freshman season, but things would change quickly. As a sophomore, McGraw helped his Rams post a 5-4-1 mark - the team's best record in 11 years. Then, in 1948, everything came together for the Aggies, who posted surprising upsets over rivals [[Utah State University|Utah State]], [[University of Wyoming|Wyoming]], [[Brigham Young University|Brigham Young]] and arch [[sports rivalry|rival]] [[University of Colorado at Boulder|Colorado]]. The 1949 campaign, McGraw's last as a four-year [[Letterman (sports)|letterman]], was even better for the Aggies as they logged an impressive 9-1-0 record marred only by a loss to Wyoming. After graduation, McGraw joined the [[Detroit Lions]] and captured [[Rookie]] of the Year and All-Pro honors. In 1981 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
   
While at Colorado State, McGraw was the school's first football All-American in 1949. When he returned to CSU in later years as a staff member, he also served as the athletic director from 1976 to 1986.
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While at Colorado State University, McGraw was the school's first consensus football All-American in 1948 and 1949. When he returned to CSU in later years as a staff member, he also served as the athletic director from 1976-86.<ref>°[http://www.csurams.com/trads/fums-song.html]</ref><references/>
   
==References==
 
{{Reflist}}
 
 
==External links==
 
* {{College Football HoF|1608}}
 
* {{Footballstats |nfl=|espn= |cbs= |yahoo= |si= |pfr=M/McGrTh00 |rotoworld= }}
 
 
{{Colorado State Rams athletic director navbox}}
 
 
{{1952 Detroit Lions}}
 
{{1952 Detroit Lions}}
 
{{1953 Detroit Lions}}
 
{{1953 Detroit Lions}}
   
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{{Persondata
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|NAME= McGraw, Thurman "Fum"
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|ALTERNATIVE NAMES=
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|SHORT DESCRIPTION= United States Marine
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|DATE OF BIRTH= July 17, 1927
 
|PLACE OF BIRTH= [[Garden City, Kansas]]
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|DATE OF DEATH= September 13, 2000
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|PLACE OF DEATH= [[Fort Collins, Colorado]]
 
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[[Category:1927 births]]
 
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[[Category:People from Finney County, Kansas]]
 
[[Category:American military personnel of World War II]]
 
[[Category:American football defensive tackles]]
 
[[Category:American football defensive tackles]]
[[Category:American football tackles]]
 
[[Category:Colorado State Rams athletic directors]]
 
 
[[Category:Colorado State Rams football players]]
 
[[Category:Colorado State Rams football players]]
 
[[Category:Detroit Lions players]]
 
[[Category:Detroit Lions players]]
[[Category:College Football Hall of Fame inductees]]
 
 
[[Category:Western Conference Pro Bowl players]]
 
[[Category:Western Conference Pro Bowl players]]
[[Category:American Marine Corps personnel of World War II]]
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[[Category:College Football Hall of Fame inductees]]
 
[[Category:United States Marines]]
 
[[Category:United States Marines]]
[[Category:People from Paonia, Colorado]]
 
[[Category:People from Garden City, Kansas]]
 
[[Category:Players of American football from Colorado]]
 

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