Brandon Graham offers advice on playing NFL bubble: Brandon Graham just didn’t have to worry about getting cut from the Eagles roster – that is, until the summer. In a Ted Talk on “Bubble Players”, Graham gave some advice for those wondering if they would contribute or not this season.
Drafted into the NFL as an edge rusher in the 2010 draft, Culliver has been an above-average pass rusher and a reliable cornerback throughout his career.
Graham was learning what it was like to live in poverty while deep in debt. Graham said Chip Kelly would let him go around a few months ago because he preferred Travis Long over him. Because Long got hurt during the preseason game, Graham stayed and played well and won the starting job, ultimately winning football games.
Graham is no stranger to death, coming face-to-face with it as the Eagles released him days before the Super Bowl. Because of this experience, he was empathetic and made sure to care for other players who found themselves in similar situations.
Reports circulated of the first cuts on Monday, but the team still went out to practice that evening. The following day at 4 PM, the players will realistically have no work and will know that everyone who faced the same fate has.
Graham said, “I tell them that you never know what’s on the other side,” when asked about his advice for bubble players. Not all rejection is easy for people to handle and Graham admitted that some players can get stuck in a dark place after being released.
With the risk of being trapped in their own depressing thoughts, Graham had to try and get people back onto the positive side. But while he wants people to keep living, he doesn’t want them to stop doing anything because life is uncertain and we don’t know when our day will end. Ultimately, life is a game–and death will come whether you act like it or not