Claude Giroux trade leaves Brandon Graham as Philadelphia’s oldest athlete
With the Flyers trade Claude Giroux to Florida Panthers Saturday night, Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham is now officially the oldest athlete in Philadelphia sports.
Giroux was drafted in 2006 and made his NFL debut in 2008. In case you forgot, Graham joined the Eagles when they traded to select him with the 13th overall pick in the NFL Draft. NFL in 2010.
At first, we thought Graham might be a bust. And even after he was able to get rid of that tag, some still lamented that the Eagles took him in place of All-Pro safety Earl Thomas.
But Graham has obviously endeared himself to Philly over time, both on and off the court. He made his mark forever when he fired Tom Brady to essentially allow the Eagles to win Super Bowl LII.
One wonders how much Graham has left in the tank considering he has just recovered from an Achilles tendon injury and turns 34 in early April. At the very least, he thinks he’ll be a key contributor for the Eagles again in 2022. His current contract runs until 2023, so it’s possible he has several more seasons left.
Meet Graham, an absolute all-time Eagle, maintaining his status as Philly’s longest-serving athlete for as long as reasonably possible.
Curious about the longest-serving athletes from other Philadelphia sports teams?
For the Sixers, it’s Joel Embiid. He was drafted in 2014 and eventually made his NBA debut in 2016.
For the Phillies, it’s Aaron Nola. He was drafted in 2014 and made his major league debut in 2015.
For the Union, it’s Andre Blake. He was drafted in 2014 and made his debut that year.
For the Flyers, it’s now Sean Couturier. He was drafted in 2011 and made his debut that year.
(Check out our friends on wide street hockey for more information on the Giroux case, by the way.)