When the Seahawks traded for All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham, they knew they were getting a big, tall and explosive playmaker. The Seahawks made the trade for Graham when he was 29 and in the athletic prime of his career. He'll turn 31 during the 2017 season and is starting to understand that getting old means fighting to stay in shape.
"The two athletic tight ends went to the Pro Bowl together in 2013, when the future Hall of Famer told Graham that as he got older, shedding weight should be a priority. Graham took that to heart this year, shedding 20 pounds to get from his 280-pound playing weight last year to 260."
"When I was younger, I could carry 270 around and run go routes, and it was no big deal," the 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 looks to improve on his 65 catch, 6 touchdown performance of a year ago as the Seahawks try to contend for a Super Bowl.
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