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Corey Graham: from Buffalo to the big stage

By Jerry Sullivan

NEW ORLEANS -- Corey Graham has definitely arrived.

Graham, a Buffalo native and Turner-Carroll graduate, had one of the 12 raised stages reserved for the key members of the Baltimore Ravens at Tuesday afternoon's media day. Not bad for a former special teams Pro Bowler who left the Chicago Bears as a free agent last summer because he wanted a chance at cornerback.

Graham, who took over as a starting corner because of injuries and had a breakthrough during this postseason, said he's heard from a lot of people back home lately.

"Oh, a lot! A lot," Graham said. "I have a lot of people coming to the game. My whole family is still in Buffalo. They're all coming to the game. I go back to Buffalo all the time, because that's where everybody is at. It'll always be home for me."

Graham was a senior in the 2002 graduating class at Turner-Carroll -- the last graduating class before the Catholic inner-city high school closed.

"Yeah, my senior year was the last year of my high school," Graham said. "It closed after my senior year. It was very unfortunate. I wish I still had a high school where I could go back and watch a couple of games."


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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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