Saints News, 7/16/14: Graham 'Beyond Excited' To Get Back To Football

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“I’m beyond excited,” Graham said Tuesday night. “I didn’t get into football to learn litigation. I got into football to win games with my teammates, friends and coaches. I am extremely happy to get back to what it’s really about....(Jonathan) Vilma has trained with me every day this offseason. He has stayed in my corner and coached me up on a lot of things. He has been great to talk to about (contract negotiations). Everyday we would talk about it then we would lift weights and run.”

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"I’m beyond excited," Graham said Tuesday night. "I didn’t get into to football to learn litigation. I got into football to win games with my teammates, friends and coaches. I am extremely happy to get back to what it’s really about."

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Mike Florio wrote a sci-fi novel about football in 2001. Here's a review of it. - SBNation.com
Now Im not saying these where all written by the same person but I mean come on. It was a great book IMO but "Better then Tom Clancy"? Brother I can count on my balls whose better then Tom Clancy and heres a hint: Its me and whichever God wrote the Bible.

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