The starting center for most of three seasons, 1993 through 1995, Aaron Graham was one of the main cogs on Nebraska teams that played in three national championship games, winning two. The 6-foot-4, 301-pounder who played high school football in Denton, Texas, was noted for his flattening blocks, or "pancakes."
Quarterback Tommie Frazier paid Graham the ultimate compliment: "Aaron meant a lot to my success. Having the same center for three years, you pretty much knew what he was going to do and what he thought. I knew what he was going to call, and he made my job easier."
Graham had responsibilities as a freshman, too, when he became the long snapper while serving as the backup center.
In 1993 he played in all the games, starting the last four and the bowl game because of injuries on the offensive line. Florida State edged the Huskers in the Orange Bowl for the national championship.
Graham and the Huskers really took off in 1994. Graham helped pave the way for 1,700-yard rusher Lawrence Phillips and principal quarterbacks Frazier and Brook Berringer. Nebraska capped a 13-0 season by defeating Miami for the national title.
It was more of the same in Graham’s All-America senior year as the 12-0 Huskers repeated as national champions. Graham and the offensive line didn’t allow a sack as a healthy Frazier flourished. Graham and Frazier capped their college careers in the Huskers’ dominating Fiesta Bowl triumph over Florida.
Arizona’s fourth-round choice in the 1996 NFL draft, Graham played four years with the Cardinals and one year each with the Raiders and Titans.
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