Oregon football announced on Thursday that former linebacker Tom Graham had passed away following complications from brain cancer. Graham was 67.
Graham was one of the best Oregon defensive players of all time, as he still leads the school in career tackles with 433, including 206 tackles in his sophomore year at Oregon in 1969. Graham continued his tradition of insane defensive statistics all the way through his last game with the Ducks, where he recorded 41 total tackles in the annual Civil War game against Oregon State.
Graham was later drafted in the fourth round of the 1972 NFL Draft, where he would go on to play seven professional seasons with the Broncos, Chiefs, Chargers, and Bills. He was inducted into the Oregon Hall of Fame in 2001.
Graham is the father of former first-round pick and two-time Super Bowl champion tight end Daniel Graham.
We send our thoughts and prayers out to the Graham family in this difficult time.