Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ernie Graham's Number to be Honored in Comcast Rafters

Former Terrapin Ernie Graham (1977-81), who played for Lefty Driesell, was among the greatest Terps on the basketball court (he still holds the Maryland single-game scoring record of 44 points against NC State in 1978), but his name and number never hung from the rafters in Cole Field House or the Comcast Center because of his off-the-court problems.  But new athletic director Kevin Anderson has been set on changing that, and Graham's banner will be raised on January 11th at the Maryland-Wake Forest game.  From PressBox:
Graham's No. 25 jersey will be raised Jan. 11, when Maryland plays Wake Forest. The honor is way past due. Graham not only still holds the single-game scoring record at Maryland with 44 points in 1978 against N.C. State, but he was also one of the Terps' most complete players ever. He's the 12th leading all-time scorer and was a strong rebounder, outstanding passer and solid defender.

Yet, as the years rolled by, Graham was shut out, boxed out by an athletic administration that was well aware of some of the mistakes he had made off the court, and apparently unaware of everything he had done since then to turn his life around.
Click the link and read the whole story. It's a great story of how Graham ruined his NBA career with drugs, turned his life around, and now helps keep kids off drugs and out of trouble through the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.

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