Tom Graham (Thomas Lawrence Graham)

Tom Graham

Thomas Lawrence Graham (April 15, 1950 – May 30, 2017) was an American football linebacker in the National Football League. From 1972 until 1978, he played for the Denver Broncos, the Kansas City Chiefs, the San Diego Chargers, and the Buffalo Bills. He played college football at the University of Oregon. From 1969-71, linebacker Tom Graham starred for a University of Oregon defensive unit that was often overshadowed by the team’s offensive stars and fellow Hall of Famers Dan Fouts and Bobby Moore (now known as Ahmad Rashad). From 1969-1971 he became the all-time leading tackler in Duck football history and was a 2001 inductee into the University of Oregon Hall of Fame. By the end of his Duck career, Graham had amassed a school-record 433 tackles, including an amazing 206 as a sophomore (as season that saw Graham record five 20-plus tackle games). He saved his best game for last, putting together one of the finest performances in Duck history, as he made 41 tackles (24 unassisted), recovered a fumble, and blocked a field goal. A Harbor City, Calif. native, where he attended Narbonne High School, Graham was named all Pac-8, UPI All-Coast, and All-American three times, and AP All-coast and All-American twice. After being drafted in the fourth round by the Denver Broncos, he played 7 seasons in the NFL for the Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, and Buffalo Bills. Tom Graham is the father of former professional football player Daniel Graham. He died on May 30, 2017 in Denver from brain cancer at the age of 67.


  • April, 15, 1950
  • USA
  • Los Angeles, California


  • May, 30, 2017
  • USA
  • Denver, Colorado

Cause of Death

  • brain cancer

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