TE Graham says Gates' success paved way for him

Updated: October 4, 2012, 8:24 PM ET
Associated Press

METAIRIE, La. -- Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham traces the beginnings of his NFL career back to the success Drew Brees had with Antonio Gates in San Diego more than a half-decade ago.

"Without him, I wouldn't have even been given this opportunity, or even been given the opportunity to play in college," said Graham, who played four years of basketball at Miami and one year of football. "He paved the way for me. I know that."

Gates played basketball at Kent State and had not played ...

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