Graham '01 Hopes For Victory With Pats
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Six different Bulldogs have played in a combined eight Super Bowls, but Pat Graham '01 is about to become just the second Yale graduate to coach in America's biggest sporting event. The former Bulldog tight end/defensive lineman is the linebackers coach for the New England Patriots, who take on the New York Giants on Feb. 5 in Super Bowl XLVI.
Graham, who began as a defensive assistant with the Patriots in 2009, helped New England win the AFC East this year with a 13-3 record before taking a divisional playoff and conference championship game. His team won both playoff games at Gillette Stadium by holding Denver and Baltimore to 30 points combined.
The first Bulldog to coach in a Super Bowl was Don Martin '71, who was a defensive assistant with the Oakland Raiders from 1998 to 2003. His 2002 Raiders fell to Tampa Bay in Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego. Martin played in the NFL, returned to his alma mater to work for his coach, Carm Cozza, and then returned to pro football as a coach. He is no longer working in pro football.
The last Yale graduate to play in a Super Bowl was Ken Hill '80, who helped the New York Giants defeat the Denver Broncos in the Rose Bowl in 1987. Bulldogs have won five of the nine world championship games.
The Waterbury, Conn., native is looking for his first championship ring since his 1999 Yale team shared the Ivy League title. His coaching career has taken him to five different Division I programs prior to joining Bill Belichick's staff.
Graham served as a graduate assistant at Wagner (2002-03) and then spent three seasons at Richmond, serving as the defensive line coach in 2004 and the tight ends coach in 2005 and 2006. He was a graduate assistant at Notre Dame in 2007 and 2008 prior to joining the Patriots.
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filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director